Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 4, Summer

'80S Action Movies on the Cheap: 284 Low Budget, High Impact Pictures
'80s Action Movies on the Cheap: 284 Low Budget, High Impact Pictures. By Daniel R. Budnik. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017. 260 pages. $45 (ISBN 978-0-7864-97416). E-book available (978-1-4766-2687-1), call for pricing. '80s Action Movies on the...
Added Value or Essential Instruction? Librarians in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom
In recent years, we have seen a proliferation of the amounts of information that we're exposed to, and our ability to critically navigate that information hasn't kept pace with the speed at which it's coming at us. As information professionals we must...
America's Changing Neighborhoods: An Exploration of Diversity through Places
America's Changing Neighborhoods: An Exploration of Diversity through Places. Edited by Reed Eueda. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2017. 3 vols. Acid-free $247.20 (ISBN 978-1-4408-2864-5). E-book available (978-1-44082865-2), call for pricing. Reference...
An Interview with Mark Aaron Polger, Editor of Marketing Libraries Journal
Mark Aaron Polger is the First Year Outreach Librarian at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY), where his responsibilities include promoting library services and resources as well as providing instruction to first year students....
Beauty around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia
Beauty around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. By Erin Kenny and Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 416 pages. Acid-free. $94 (ISBN 9781-61069-944-0). E-book available, (978-1-61069-945-7). Kenny is an assistant...
Creating a Local History Archive at Your Public Library
Creating a Local History Archive at Your Public Library. By Faye Phillips. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 176 pages. Paper $57.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1566-0). Faye Phillips, a well-known consultant and author of the 1995 manual Local History Collections in Libraries...
Designing a Meaningful Reference and Instruction Internship: The MLIS Student Perspective
Many libraries offer graduate-student internships, and many librarians have written about them as the worthwhile opportunities they are. Less frequently do we hear about these valuable experiences from the perspective of interns themselves. In this...
Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion, 2nd Ed
Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion, 2nd Ed. By June Melby Benowitz. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 2 vols. Acid-free $198 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3986-3). E-book available (978-1-4408-3987-0), call for pricing. Women have had a major role...
Finding the Fountain of Youth: The Science and Controversy Behind Extending Life and Cheating Death
Finding the Fountain of Youth: The Science and Controversy behind Extending Life and Cheating Death. By Aharon W. Zorea. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2017. 389 pages. Acid-free $71.20 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3798-2). E-book available (978-1-4408-3799-9),...
Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Fiction: Suggesting New Titles to Make All Readers Feel like They Belong
Epochs of transition keep us on the alert. They ask us to keep our eyes open upon the distant horizons, our minds listening to seize every indication that can enlighten us: reading, reflection, searching, must never stop; the mind must keep flexible...
Geography of Trafficking: From Drug Smuggling to Modern-Day Slavery
Geography of Trafficking: From Drug Smuggling to Modern-Day Slavery. By Fred M. Shelley and Reagan Metz. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 361 pages. Acid-free $89 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3822-4). E-book available (978-14408-3823-1), call for pricing. ...
Libraries and Local News: Expanding Journalism, Another User Service Grounded in Reference
Always on the prowl for new user services, I was intrigued by a program held at my local public library in 2009 called "Democracy and Decline in Local Reporting." The topic has stuck with me ever since. At the time, our city's newspaper was experiencing...
Library, Library, Make Me a Match: Impact of Form-Based Readers' Advisory on Academic Library Use and Student Leisure Reading
Staff from the Access and Information Services (AIS) department at the University of Minnesota Libraries developed several readers' advisory services to promote student engagement. One project was a Book Matchmaking service, for which users completed...
Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources
Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources. By Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia. Chicago, IL: ALA, 2018. 218 pages. Paper $65.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1565-3). Marketing library sources and services is an ongoing venture that entices patrons...
Measuring Query Complexity in Web-Scale Discovery: A Comparison between Two Academic Libraries
This study reports on the examination of search transaction logs from web-scale discovery tools at two Indiana University campuses. The authors discuss how they gathered search queries from transaction logs, categorized queries according to the Library...
Russian Revolution of 1917: The Essential Reference Guide
Russian Revolution of 1917: The Essential Reference Guide. Edited by Sean N. Kalic and Gates M. Brown. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 257 pages. Acid-free $75.20 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5092-9). E-book available (978-1-44085093-6), call for pricing. ...
Searching for Birth Parents or Adopted Children: Finding without Seeking in Romance Novels
Using concepts from Catherine Sheldrick Ross's "Finding without Seeking: The Information Encounter in the Context of Reading for Pleasure," a convenience sample of 129 romance novels about secret babies is examined to determine what information is...
Street Style in America: An Exploration
Street Style in America: An Exploration. By Jennifer Grayer Moore. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2017. 380 pages. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4461-4). E-book Available (978-1-4408-4462-1), call for pricing. While I am not one to pay too much...
Teaching Information Literacy through Short Stories
Teaching Information Literacy through Short Stories. By David J. Brier and Vickery Kaye Lebbin. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016. 109 pages. Paper $35.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-5545-6). The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,...
Thanks, and Goodbye to All That
In her final RUSQ column before turning over responsibility for the journal to me, editor Diane Zabel noted, "I wish Barry the best of luck and know that he too will find the editorship a gratifying experience." (1) I have to say that both of those...
The Civil War and Reconstruction Eras: Documents Decoded
The Civil War and Reconstruction Eras: Documents Decoded. By John R. Vile. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 295 pages. Acid-free. $64.80 (ISBN 978-1-4408-54286). E-book available (978-1-4408-5429-3), call for pricing. Making his fourth contribution...
The Death Penalty: A Reference Handbook
The Death Penalty: A Reference Handbook. By Joseph A. Melusky and Keith A. Pesto. Contemporary World Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2017. 372 pages. Acid-free $60 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4549-9). E-book available (978-14408-4550-5), call for pricing....
The Definitive Shakespeare Companion: Overviews, Documents, and Analysis
The Definitive Shakespeare Companion: Overviews, Documents, and Analysis. Edited by Joseph Rosenblum. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2017. 4 vols. acid free $415.00 (ISBN 1-440-83444-8). E-book available (978-14408-3445-5), call for pricing....
The Great Depression and the New Deal: Key Themes and Documents
The Great Depression and the New Deal: Key Themes and Documents. By James S. Olson and Mariah Gumpert. Unlocking American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO, 2017. 295 pages. Acid-free $48 (ISBN 978-1-44083462-2). E-book Available (978-1-4408-3463-9)....
Vaccines: History, Science, and Issues
Vaccines: History, Science, and Issues. By Tish Davidson. The Story of a Drug. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwoood, 2017. 259 pages. Acid free $60 (ISBN 978-1-4408-44430). E-book available (978-1-4408-4444-7), call for pricing. Vaccines and vaccination...
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
It is usually assumed that the Alert Collector column author has some expertise on the subject covered. This is especially true this issue for author Andrew R. Grissom's column on workpace diversity and inclusion. Grissom is an information professional...
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