Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Summer

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chchanges
Washington, DC, is switching from spring to summer as I sit down to complete this column. And as such, my tenure as Reference and User Services Association President is coming to an end and President-Elect Beth German is poised to assume the position...
Creating Analog and Digital Games for Reference Training: Overview and Examples
To provide effective service at the reference desk, proper training for those staffing the desk is essential. Those responsible for reference training know that developing trainings that are both effective and engaging can be a challenge. In this column,...
Democratizing the Maker Movement: A Case Study of One Public Library System's Makerspace Program
The maker movement has found a home in public libraries. Field leaders including public libraries in Chicago, Chattanooga, Houston, Louisville, and Toronto have built robust makerspaces, developed maker programming for a diverse range of patrons, connected...
Disability and Hiring
In my experience, librarians believe they try very hard to be aware and supportive of people with differing abilities, both physical and intellectual. Our successes in this area tend to be public facing, with detailed attention paid to construction...
Eating Disorders: Understanding Causes, Controversies and Treatment
Eating Disorders: Understanding Causes, Controversies and Treatment. Edited by Justine J. Reel. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 2 vols. Acid-free $198 (ISBN 978-14408-5300-5). E-book available (978-1-4408-5301-2), call for pricing. This two-volume...
Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction
Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. Edited by Kristin Ramsdell. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 466 p. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-0-313-33572-3). E-book Available (978-0313-05405-1), call for pricing. Part reference book, part readers' advisory, and completely...
Food, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions
Food, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions. By Paul Fieldhouse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 2 vols. Acid-free $189 (ISBN 978-161069-411-7). E-book Available (1-61069-412-4), call for pricing. The alliterative Food,...
From the Committees: Cookbooks
The CODES List is a new initiative from CODES, and the CODES List: Cookbooks is the first list in the series. This inaugural selection of essential cookbooks--announced at ALA Midwinter--highlights titles for both avid home chefs and those just learning...
Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages
Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages. By Jenn Carson. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018. 224 p. Paper $54.99 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1725-1) Carson brings her years of experience with physical literacy programs in libraries and other...
History of African Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots
History of African Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots. By Thomas J. Davis. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. 271 p. Cis-free $58 (ISBN 978-313-38540-7). E-book Available (978-0-313-38541-4), call for pricing. History of African Americans: Exploring...
Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things They Never Teach You
Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things They Never Teach You. By Katherine Christian. London, UK: Academic Press, 2018. 463 p. Paper (ISBN 978-0-12-813134-3). In any field, research is a process involving many steps and can feel...
Leveraging Existing Frameworks to Support Undergraduate Primary Source Research
This exploratory study aims to improve librarian support for undergraduate users as they find, access, evaluate, and appropriately use primary source materials in their research. By approaching object-based information literacy instruction via the...
Listen to New Wave Rock! Exploring a Musical Genre
Listen to New Wave Rock! Exploring a Musical Genre. By James E. Perone. Exploring Musical Genres. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 218 pages. Acid-free $61 (ISBN 9781-4408-5968-7). E-book Available (978-1-4408-5969-4), call for pricing. Listen to...
Listen Up: Best Practices for Audiobooks in Libraries
This issue's Alert Collector offering on audiobooks is a departure from the usual subject-based column. With the wide availability of downloadable audiobooks, there is a huge opportunity for libraries to serve readers who would rather listen on their...
Managing a Career in Place
For the past ten years, I have had the pleasure of serving as editor of RUSQ's Management column. In this space, I have enjoyed showcasing myriad perspectives on management broadly interpreted, articulated by an array of both aspiring and seasoned...
Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy
Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy. By Judi Moreillon. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 206 p. Paper $54.99 (ISBN 978-08389-1525-7). In Maximizing School Librarian Leadership, Moreillon blends the 2018 AASL National...
No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice
No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice. By Jacqueline B. Helfgott, Foreword by Robert D. Hare. Santa Barbara, CA: Pareger, 2018. 368 p. Acid-free $58 (ISBN 978-1-4408-6574-9). E-book Available (978-1-4408-65756), call for pricing. Jacqueline B....
Planning Academic Library Orientations: Case Studies from around the World
Planning Academic Library Orientations: Case Studies from Around the World. Edited by Kylie Bailin, Benjamin Jahre, and Sarah Morris. Cambridge, MA: Chandos Publishing, 2018. 351 p. Paper (ISBN 978-0-0810-2171-2). For those engaging with first-year students...
Popular Fads and Crazes through American History
Popular Fads and Crazes through American History. By Nancy Hendricks. Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood, 2018. 2 vols. Acid-free $198 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5182-7). E-book Available (978-1-4408-5183-4), call for pricing. While many aspects of American life...
Pro Wrestling: A Comprehensive Reference Guide
Pro Wrestling: A Comprehensive Reference Guide. By Lew Freedman. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 305 p. Acid-free $94. (ISBN 978-1-4408-5350-0). E-book Available (978-1-4408-5351-7), call for pricing. Professional wrestling is one of the most popular...
Reading Harper Lee: Understanding to Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman
Reading Harper Lee: Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. By Claudia Durst Johnson. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 183 p. Acid-free $39 (ISBN 978-1-4408-6127-7). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-61284), call for pricing. Reading...
Shaping the Campus Conversation on Student Learning and Experience: Activating the Results of Assessment in Action
Shaping the Campus Conversation on Student Learning and Experience: Activating the Results of Assessment in Action. Edited by Karen Brown, Debra Gilchrist, Sara Goek, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Kara Malenfant, Chase Ollis, and Allison Payne. Chicago: ACRL,...
The Biology of Beauty: The Science Behind Human Attractiveness
The Biology of Beauty: The Science behind Human Attractiveness. By Rachelle M. Smith. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 264 p. Acid-free $61 (ISBN 978-1-4408-6). E-book Available (978-1-4408-4989-3), call for pricing. Rachelle M. Smith, an associate...
The Insta-Story: A New Frontier for Marking and Engagement at the Sonoma State University Library
This month's author, Catherine Fonseca from Sonoma State University Library, shares some innovative and fun ideas on how libraries can use the Instagram Stories feature to engage with their audience in multiple ways. We guarantee you will find a tidbit...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Born-Digital Content
The No-Nonsense Guide to Born-Digital Content. By Heather Ryan and Walker Sampson. London, UK: Facet Publishing, 2018. 240 p. Paper $75.99 (ISBN 978-1-78330195-9). Libraries and archives contain increasing amounts of born-digital content in many forms....
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature. By Angela Carstensen. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 176 p. Paper $54.99 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1726-8). Finding the right book for the right reader at the right time is a perennial goal for librarians, particularly those...
The Routledge History Handbook of Medieval Revolt
The Routledge History Handbook of Medieval Revolt. Edited by Justine Firnhaber-Baker with Dirk Schoenaers. London, UK: Routledge, 2017. 384 p. $191.25 (ISBN 9781-138-95222-5). E-book available (978-1-315-54242-3), call for pricing. If one is looking...
The Schoolroom: A Social History of Teaching and Learning
The Schoolroom: A Social History of Teaching and Learning. By Dale Allen Gyure. History of Human Spaces. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 201. 215 p. Acid-free $39 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5037-0). E-book Available (978-1-4408-50387), call for pricing. Dale Allen...
Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community
Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community. By Dorothy Stolz, Gail Griffith, James Kelly, Muffie Smith, and Lynn Wheeler. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018. 168 p. Paper $60.00 (ISBN 97808389-1622-3). Transform and Thrive is...
Veteran Views of the Library: A Qualitative Study
As a user population of libraries, veterans have been a much discussed topic for the past several years. Most of the literature has focused on outreach efforts but included very little input from veterans themselves. As part of a larger project to...
We Eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States
We Eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States. Edited by Jonathan Deutsch. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 339 p. Acid-fee. $94.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4111-8). E-book Available (978-1-44084112-5), call for pricing. Fried...
When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk We Eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States
When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk. By Robert O. Schneider. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2018. 228 p. Acid-free $60 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5937-3). E-book Available (978-1-4408-5938-0), call for pricing. The importance and topicality...
Winning the War on Poverty: Applying the Lessons of History to the Present
Winning the War on Poverty: Applying the Lessons of History to the Present. By Brian L. Fife. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2018. 236 p. Acid-free $60 (ISBN 978-1-44083281-9). E-book Available (978-1-4408-3282-6), call for pricing. Fife is professor emeritus...
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