Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, Fall

Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults
Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults. By Audrey Barbakoff. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 136 p. Paper $49 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1391-8). Geared toward an underrepresented population in public libraries, this book aims to describe programming...
Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society
Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society. Edited by Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 3 vols. Acid free $294.00 (ISBN: 978-159884-665-2). E-book available (978-1-59884-666-9), call for pricing. Africa:...
Assistance Animals in the Library: How One Academic Library Developed Best Practices
Effectively addressing concerns about assistance animals in any library setting is often problematic due to a lack of awareness about assistance animals in general, which then leads to uncertainty on how to proceed in these situations. (1) Library...
A Thirty-Year Reflection on the Value of Reference
As RUSA is exploring how, if at all, the word "reference" succeeds in describing what its members do in the twenty-firstcentury library, it seemed an opportune moment to publish David Murray's column reflecting on reference services. I hope that this...
Best Free Reference Websites: Eighteenth Annual List
Welcome to the eighteenth annual "Best Free Reference Websites" list. It is hard to believe that this project has been around since the late 1990s. In 1998, the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA appointed an ad hoc task force to develop...
Border Disputes: A Global Encyclo
Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia. Edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 3 vols. Acid-free $294.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-0232). E-book available (978-1-61069-024-9), call for pricing. This is a three-volume work...
Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe
Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe. Edited by Jose Blanco F. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO, 2016. 4 vols. Acid free $415.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069309-7). E-book available (978-1-61069-310-3), call for pricing. Clothing and Fashion:...
Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History
Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History. Edited by Steven Chermak and Frankie Y. Bailey. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 3 vols. Acid free $310.00 (ISBN 978-161069-593-0). E-book available (9781-61069-594-7),...
Do You Want to Chat? Reevaluating Organization of Virtual Reference Service at an Academic Library
Since their inception, virtual reference services have evolved considerably and are now a significant component of library services in many types of library environments. The current paper reports on a study undertaken at a research-intensive academic...
Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers
Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers. By Kathleen T. Isaacs. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 264 p. Paper $52 (ISBN: 0-8389-1344-4). Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers is a standout readers' advisory tool for all children's librarians. Every...
Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries
Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries. By Melissa Gross, Cindy Mediavilla, and Virginia A. Walter. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 120 p. Paper $38.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1404-5). Most public librarians have pondered how to...
Folk Heroes and Heroines around the World, 2nd Ed
Folk Heroes and Heroines around the World, 2nd ed. Edited by Graham Seal and Kim Kennedy White. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 411 p. Acid free $89.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-3860-6). Ebook available (978-1-44083861-3), call for pricing. It seems...
Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World
Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from Around the World. Edited by Anne E. Duggan, Donald Haase, and Helen Callow. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 4 vols. Acid free $415.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-253-3). Ebook available (978-1-61069-254-0),...
How They Lived: An Annotated Tour of Daily Life through History in Primary Sources
How They Lived: An Annotated Tour of Daily Life through History in Primary Sources. By James Ciment. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 2 vols. Acid free $205.00 (ISBN: 9788-1-61069-895-5). Ebook available (978-161069-896-2), call for pricing. ...
Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection
Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Edited by Chris J. Magoc and David Bernstein. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 4 vols. Acid free $415.00 (ISBN 978-1-61069-429-2)....
Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia
Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Jose Luis Morin. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 506 p. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-0-313-35660-5). E-book available (978-0-313-35661-2), call for pricing. This new reference work brings...
Librarians Applying Information Literacy Standards as Evaluators of Peer-to-Peer Course Content in a First Year College Success Course
Information literacy is a crucial skill in library science. As experts in information literacy, librarians are able to both use and promote techniques relevant to finding, evaluating, and presenting information. They are relied on by end users to provide...
Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library
Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library. By Ronald C. Jantz. Chicago: ACRL, 2016. 206 p. Paper $44.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8834-3). In Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library, author Ronald Jantz succeeds by expertly weaving...
Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being
Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being. Edited by Len Sperry. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 3 vols. Acid free $320.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0382-6). Ebook available (978-1-4408-0383-3), call...
Modern China
Modern China. By Xiaobing Li. Understanding Modern Nations. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 421 p. Acid free $89.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-625-8). E-book available (978-1-61069-626-5), call for pricing. Are you still adding country studies to your...
More Storytime Magic
More Storytime Magic. By Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker; illustrations by Melanie Fitz. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 200 p. Paper $52.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1368-0.) This book offers a bounty of fresh materials for both storytime novices and veterans,...
Native American Almanac: More Than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples
Native American Almanac: More than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples. By Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder, and Shannon R. Flynn. Canton, MI: Visible Ink Pr., 2016. 656 p. $24.95 (ISBN: 978-1-57859-507-5). E-book...
Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant
Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant. Edited by Eric Ackermann. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 228 p. Paper $52.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8813-8). Creating, implementing, and managing academic...
RUSA Directions
As I start my year as RUSA President, I would like to share my thoughts on the health and vitality of RUSA as we move into a new year with aspirational ideas, goals, and plans. RUSA is only as strong as the number of its engaged members. At the time...
Scaling Instruction to Needs: Updating an Online Information Literacy Course
Scalability is a buzzword in both libraries and higher education these days. As library budgets continue to tighten and technology continues to advance, libraries are flipping classrooms and deploying technology in order to better scale our instructional...
The Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies
The Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies. Edited by Jan Goldman. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 2 vols. Acid free $189.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-091-1). E-book available (978-1-61069-092-8),...
The Early Republic: Documents Decoded
The Early Republic: Documents Decoded. By John R. Vile. Documents Decoded. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 309 p. Acid free $81.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-4346-4). This is the newest release in ABC-CLIO's Documents Decoded series, a range of works...
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Historical Exploration of Literature
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Historical Exploration of Literature. By Wendy Martin and Cecelia Tichi. Historical Explorations of Literature. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. Acid free $61.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069763-7). One of the latest...
The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, 5th Ed
The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, 5th ed. By John J. Burke. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 232 p. Paper $80.00 (ISBN: 978-08389-1382-6). The aim of the Library Technology Companion is to be a portal to information...
Trickery as Marketing Strategy
Sometimes a little subterfuge is necessary to get patrons to think outside the box of what they normally expect from a library. By using different lures, sometimes in disguise, libraries can introduce new patrons to resources and services they had...
Work for the Decision Makers: Literature Reviews as a High-Impact Service
For academic libraries to thrive, they must continue to find new ways to be relevant to their campus communities. In this column, Dustin Fife and Mary Naylor describe the Utah Valley University Library's recent introduction of research services for...
Youth Cultures in America
Youth Cultures in America. Edited by Simon J. Bronner and Cindy Dell Clark. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 2 vols. Acid free $189.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-3391-5). E-book available (978-1-4408-3392-2), call for pricing. Editors Bronner and Clark...
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