The Thank You Tradition

By Zabel, Diane | Reference & User Services Quarterly, Summer 2007 | Go to article overview

The Thank You Tradition


Zabel, Diane, Reference & User Services Quarterly


Correspondence for Reference & User Services Quarterly should be addressed to Editor Diane Zabel, Schreyer Business Library, The Pennsylvania State University, 309 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802; e-mail: dxz2@psu.edu.

One of the traditions established by the previous RUSQ editors was to use the editorial in the summer issue to thank all the people who contributed to the production of the journal during the past year. I am continuing that fine tradition, given that I have a multitude of individuals to thank as I complete my first year as editor. To start off, I am certain that I would never have gotten my first issue to press without guidance from Connie Van Fleet and Danny Wallace, my predecessors. Their editorial assistants (Jo Ann Palmeri and Rachel Mosman) were also kind enough to assist me until I had support in place.

I have relied on the RUSQ Editorial Advisory Board to not only review manuscripts but for advice on the journal's redesign, to shape the development of the online companion, and to sort out strategies for dealing with thorny issues such as the backlog of accepted articles. The following individuals served as members of the 2006-2007 Editorial Advisory Board: Judith M. Arnold, Gwen Arthur, Corinne Hill, Robert V Labaree, Dale McNeill, Jessica E. Moyer, Amber A. Prentiss, Michael Stephens, Douglas Raber, and Kathleen A. Sullivan. While RUSQ board members serve as the referee base, numerous other experts have been recruited to help review manuscripts. Their assistance has been invaluable, given the increase in submissions. I am grateful to the following individuals for taking on this important task as needed: Rebecca Albitz, Karen Antell, Susan Beck, Jennifer Gilley, Nancy Huling, M. Kathleen Kern, Eric Novotny, Mary Popp, Amalia Strothmann, Dave Tyckoson, Susan Ware, Beth S. Woodard, and Neal Wyatt.

The feedback to authors from this hard-working group of reviewers helped produce an outstanding collection of feature articles. The following peer-reviewed feature articles were published in Volume 46:

"Collaboration as the Norm in Reference Work," by Jeffrey Pomerantz

"Libraries in the Contact Zone: On the Creation of Educational Space," by James Elmborg

"Is Accuracy Everything? A Study of Two Serials Directories," by Marybeth Grimes and Sara E. Morris

"An Exploratory Survey of Reference Source Instruction in LIS Courses," by Denice Adkins and Sanda Erdelez "A Baseline Information Literacy Assessment of Biology Students," by Jessame E. Ferguson, Teresa Y. Neely, and Kathryn Sullivan

"The Library and My Learning Community: First Year Students' Impressions of Library Services," by Tammy J. Eschedor Voelker

"The Digital Reference Electronic Warehouse Project: Creating the Infrastructure for Digital Reference Research through a Multidisciplinary Knowledge Base," by Scott Nicholson and R. David Lankes

"Data Services in Academic Libraries: Assessing Needs and Promoting Services," by Eleanor J. Read

"An Analysis of the Literature on Instruction in Academic Libraries," by Gregory A. Crawford and Jessica Feldt

"The Thank You Study: User Feedback in E-Mail 'Thank You' Messages," by Lorri Mon and Joseph W. Janes

"Onsite Reference and Instruction Services: Setting Up Shop Where Our Patrons Live," by A. Ben Wagner and Cynthia Tysick

"Learning from Leisure Reading: A Study of Adult Public Library Patrons," by Jessica E. Moyer

One of the frequent comments I receive from readers is how much they enjoy the journal's columns. I was delighted when Neal Wyatt followed m my footsteps as editor of the Alert Collector column. Neal is never at a loss for good ideas and she recruited guest columnists to write on topics as diverse as fair use in the digital age (Melanie Schlosser), graphic novels (Anne Behler), euthanasia (Kelly Myer Polacek), and The Da Vinci Code (Terry Beck). …

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