Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 1, Fall

2018 Annual List of Best Historical Materials Selected by RUSA's History Section Experts
The RUSA/CODESS Historical Section's Historical Materials Committee follows an established method to identify the best materials for the year. The process uses standardized criteria, a broad, national call for nominations, and the work of committee...
Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present
Astrology Through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present. Edited by William F. Burns. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018. 401 pages. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5121-1), call for pricing. This work differs from most...
Best of the Best Business Reference Web Resources 2019
The BRASS Best of the Best Business Reference Web Resources Award was established in 2009. The award recognizes three websites highly relevant to information professionals involved in providing business reference services. The websites are nominated...
Beyond Face Value: Evaluating Research Consultations from the Student Perspective
In this study, the authors examined the value of research consultations, an important component of reference services. Previous research explored the sustainability and scalability of a large-scale research consultation project from the librarian perspective....
Black Lives Matter: From a Moment to a Movement
Black Lives Matter: From a Moment to a Movement. By Laurie Collier Hillstrom. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 164 pages. Acid-free $39 (ISBN 978-1-4408-6570-1). E-book Available (978-1-4408-6571-8), call for pricing. The Black Lives Matter movement...
Changing the Venues but Not Changing Our Tune: Service Model Transition at a Music and Performing Arts Library
The goal of this quantitative study is to explore the effect of consolidating circulation and reference functions at a single service point in a specialized setting, namely, a large academic music and performing arts library. It analyzes reference transactions...
Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History
Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History. Edited by Rebecca M. Seaman. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018. 340 pages. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5224-4). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-5225-1), call for pricing. This book...
Game on to Game After: Sources for Video Game History
Kristen Nyitray began her immersion in video games with an Atari 2600 and ColecoVision console and checking out games from her local public library. Later in life, she had the opportunity to start building a video game studies collection in her professional...
Going No-Tech, Low-Tech, and High-Tech: Interactive Library Spaces as Passive Outreach
UNO Libraries supports University of Nebraska at Omaha's mission to transform and improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally through shared values of excellence, engagement, inclusion, discovery, integrity, and university spirit. We...
Growing Your Library Career with Social Media
Growing Your Library Career with Social Media. By Daniella Smith. Cambridge: Chandos, 2018. 198 p. Paper $79.95 (ISBN 978-0-0810-2411-9). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-5143-8), call for pricing. Social media remains a very important element in our daily...
Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company
Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. By Howard Maxford. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2019. 992 pages. $95 (ISBN 978-1-4766-7007-2). Ebook Available (978-1-4766-2914-8), call for pricing. Imagine that you are the most devoted fan of your...
Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump
Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump. Edited by Lori Cox Han. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018. 396 pages. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5436-1). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-5437-8), call for...
Holidays around the World
Holidays Around the World. 6th Ed. By Pearline Jaikumar. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, 2018. 1,528 pages. Acid-free $177 (ISBN 978-0-7808-1619-0). Ebook Available (978-07808-1658-9), call for pricing. "I have to write a paper about Eka Dasa Rudra," explains...
Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History
Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History. Edited by Laura L. S. Bauer. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 407 pages. Acid-free $94 (ISBN 978-14408-3648-0). Ebook available (978-1-4408-3649-7), call for pricing. Covering film history...
Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connections
Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connections. Edited by Theresa McDevitt and Caleb P. Finegan. Chicago: ACRL, 2018. 438 p. Paper $78.00 (ISBN 978-083894609-1). Service learning...
Listening to Advisors: A Conversation about Readers' Advisory Services, Practice, and Practicing
As RA service has moved from its second-wave renaissance during the late twentieth century/ early twenty-first century (with a steady stream of reference tools, conference programming, and think pieces) into an often underpromoted but bedrock mainstay...
Metaliterate Learning for the Post-Truth World
Metaliterate Learning for the Post-Truth World. Edited by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson. Chicago: ALA, 2019. 230 p. Paper $64.99 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1776-3). One of the great challenges in librarianship currently is educating digital natives on...
Pakistan: The Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the Rise of Terrorism
Pakistan: The Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the Rise of Terrorism. By William J. Topich. Praeger Security International. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2018. 217 pages. Acid-free $75 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3760-9). Ebook Available (978-1-44083761-6), call for pricing....
Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resources Management
Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resources Management. By George Stachokas. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 336 p. Paper $79.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1621-6). The increasing prevalence of electronic resources in academic libraries has forced information...
Reference and Information Literacy in the Community College Library
Library workers from libraries of all types can struggle with the challenges of juggling instructional responsibilities with other assigned duties. Library context can play a key role in the resources available to mitigate these challenges. In this article,...
RUSA Achievement Awards 2019
RUSA and its Sections are home to many knowledgeable and influential librarians who place libraries users at the center of their work. Each year members of RUSA's Achievement Awards honor the most outstanding people, institutions, and projects in the...
Steroids and Doping in Sports: A Reference Handbook
Steroids and Doping in Sports: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition. By David E. Newton. Contemporary World Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLO, 2018. 354 pages. Acid-free $60 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5481-1). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-5482-8), call for pricing....
Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community through Collaboration
Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community through Collaboration. Edited by Peggy Keeran and Carrie Forbes. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. 250 p. Paper $95.00 (ISBN 9781538113707). Outreach is an increasingly important...
The Bathroom: A Social History of Cleanliness and the Body
The Bathroom: A Social History of Cleanliness and the Body. By Alison K. Hougland. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 192 pages. Acid free $39.00 (ISBN 978-14408-5266-4). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-5267-1), call for pricing. Alison Hoagland has written...
The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection
The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Edited by Paul R. Bartrop and Michael Dickerman. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 4 vols. Acid-free $435 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4083-8). Ebook Available (978-1-44084084-5), call for pricing. This is...
The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society
The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society. Edited by Sebastian Maisel. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2018. 376 pages. Acid-free $94. (ISBN 978-1-4408-42566). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-4257-3), call for pricing. The Kurds: An Encyclopedia...
The State of American Policing: Psychology, Behavior, Problems, and Solutions
The State of American Policing: Psychology, Behavior, Problems, and Solutions. By David J. Thomas, PhD, LMHC, Foreword by Jim Bueermann. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2018. 210 pages. Acid-free $48. (ISBN 978-1-4408-60065). Ebook Available (978-1-4408-6007-2),...
Where's the EASY Button? Uncovering E-Book Usability
E-book platforms have multiplied among vendors and publishers, complicating not only acquisitions and collection development decisions, but also the user experience. Using a methodology of task-based user testing, the researchers sought to measure and...
Your Passport to International Librarianship
Your Passport to International Librarianship. By Cate Carlyle and Dee Winn. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 132 p. Paper $49.99 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1718-3). For those interested in recharging their career, exploring new places, or gaining unique experience, Carlyle...
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