Reference and User Services Quarterly – RUSQ, Volume 53, No. 3 is now available!

Dear RUSA Members,

Welcome to RUSQ 53:3 (Spring 2014). I hope that spring is finally arriving for everyone. It has been a long, hard winter, and it is good to see the sun and warmer temperatures.

This issue of RUSQ has lots of interesting reading. In some column highlights, RUSA President Kathleen Kern takes on the role of user services in RUSA; “Taking Issues” offers a spirited and thoughtful debate on the value of the library catalog; and we take a look at a potentially useful tool for job seekers and librarians alike. Our three feature articles cover topics that will be of interest to all those working in the reference field. RUSA’s History Section presents the Best Historical Materials 2013 and of course there is the great review that you come to expect from the journal.

As always, please let me know what you would like to see in the journal and if you are interested in writing for RUSQ, please contact me.

Barry Trott
Editor, RUSQ
btrott@wrl.org

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In this issue…

Columns
From the Editor, Barry Trott (col. ed.)
For Your Enrichment –
The Spies’Guide to Cyberspace: The NSA’s Untangling the Web by Kevin O’Kelly,

From the President of RUSA – M. Kathleen Kern – Enjoy this free article!
User Services: Putting the “U” in RUSA

Taking Issues – Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann (col. eds.)
Should We Retire the Catalog? by Dianne Cmor and Rory Litwin

Accidental Technologist – Eric Phetteplace (col. ed.)
Finding, Evaluating, and Sharing New Technology by Carli Spina

Readers’ Advisory – Laurel Tarulli (col. ed.)
Blurring Gender Lines in Readers’ Advisory for Young Adults by Beth M. Brendler

The Alert Collector – Kelly Polacek (col. ed.)
Looking at the Alert Collector by Kelly Polacak and Neal Wyatt

Information Literacy and Instruction – Barry Trott (col. ed.)
Casting a Wider Net: O*Net, Workforce Development, and Information Literacy by Nora J. Bird and Tim Williams

Features

Evidence not Authority: reconsidering presentation of science for difficult decisions by Jenny S. Bossaller

Redesigning Comprehensive Library Tutorials: Theoretical Considerations for Multimedia Enhancements and Student Learning by B. Jane Scales, Erica Nicol, and Corey Johnson

The Website Design and Usability of US Academic and Public Libraries Findings from a Nationwide Study by Anthony S. Chow, Michelle Bridges, and Patricia Commander

From Committees of RUSA

Best Historical Materials 2013 – RUSA History Section Historical Materials Committee

Reviews

Professional Materials – Karen Antell (ed.)

Reference Book Reviews – Tammy Eschedor Voelker (ed.)

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Job Announcement: RUSA Update Editor

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is inviting applications for the position of Editor of RUSA Update, the quarterly newsletter of RUSA. Guided by RUSA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format and timely publication of RUSA Update and will prepare an annual plan indicating areas expected to be addressed in quarterly issues. This position is an excellent professional development and leadership opportunity within RUSA.

The RUSA Update Editor is 2-year appointment, beginning at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2014 and ending at the end of the Annual Conference in 2016. Appointee must be a RUSA member. Term is renewable upon approval of the RUSA Board. The Editor is appointed by the President of RUSA in consultation with the RUSA Communications and Publications Committee.

RUSA contributes $1,000 per year to help offset the conference expenses of the RUSA Update editor.  In addition, the RUSA Update editor receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.

Please see the job description at the end of this message for full details. 

To apply for the editor position, please send a statement of interest and CV to Susan Hornung, shornung@ala.org, no later than May 3, 2014. 

Job Description: RUSA Update Editor

Reports to: RUSA Board

Term: 2-year appointment, beginning at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2014 and ending at the end of the Annual Conference in 2016. Term is renewable upon approval of the RUSA Board. The Editor is appointed by the President of RUSA in consultation with the RUSA Communications and Publications Committee.  The RUSA Update Editor must be a member of the Reference and User Services Association.

Summary of Position: 

 RUSA Update is the official newsletter of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.
 RUSA Update serves as a primary communication channel between RUSA and the library and member communities.
 Guided by RUSA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format and timely publication of RUSA Update and will prepare an annual plan indicating areas expected to be addressed in quarterly issues.
 The Publications and Communications Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the editor and develops guidelines to assist the editor.
 Editorial policies are approved by the RUSA Board.

Specific Responsibilities:

 Invite news and announcements related to RUSA, its sections, members and interests.
 Work closely with RUSA office staff, particularly the Marketing Manager, to identify, develop and incorporate content from the RUSA Office.  Develop regular communication mechanisms for working with the RUSA office. 
 Set an annual publication schedule.
 Share content deadlines with the RUSA president (who writes a message for each issue), RUSA committee chairs and section members responsible for providing section content for each issue.
 Establish a schedule of routine items that are expected to appear in each quarterly issue and solicit the required information from RUSA members and staff following the schedule, such as RUSA awards, actions of the Board, conference programs and activities, election results, committee appointments, president’s letter etc.
 Set expectations for section content.  Develop guidelines for article content and length in collaboration with the RUSA Publications & Communications Committee, the RUSA Blog editor, RUSA staff, and the RUSA Executive Committee.  Develop communication channels with sections and standing committees
 Edit articles for length, content, style, and correct grammatical usage, consulting with other experts as needed.  The RUSA Communications and Publications Committee serves as an unofficial editorial board
 Prepare articles for each issue for posting to the RUSA Update website and submit files via e-mail to the RUSA office.
 Provide leadership to a team to develop new directions for communication strategies for RUSA.
 Attend RUSA Board meetings as non-voting ex-officio member at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, and attend as many section and committee meetings, programs, and other RUSA-related events as possible.

Honoraria:

RUSA contributes $1000 per year to help offset the conference expenses of the RUSA Update editor.  In addition, the RUSA Update editor receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.

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Apply for a grant through the Smart investing @ your library program

Interested in applying for a grant from the Smart investing @ your library® program. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000. Funds may be used for a variety of activities that promote financial literacy in public and community college libraries. Contact Margaret Monsour at 1-800-545-2433 or mmonsour@ala.org to learn more. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2014

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ALA unveils shortlist for 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction!

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2014 shortlisted titles are:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist

On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History, by Nicholas A. Basbanes. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. Combining crisp technical explanations with vivid historical and contemporary profiles, Basbanes unfolds the two-thousand-year story of paper, revealing in the process that paper is nothing less than an embodiment of humanity.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink. Published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.  As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Fink’s breathtaking account of the storm and what happened at Memorial offers a fascinating look at how people behave in times of crisis.

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Published by Simon & Schuster. This masterful study examines the complex relationship between two presidents, Roosevelt and Taft, who played major roles in the Progressive movement of the early twentieth century. Acclaimed historian Goodwin offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalists, and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
To the women in the hair-braiding salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant in America could desire, but the culture shock, hardships, and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her soul.” Americanah is a courageous novel of independence, integrity, community, and love.

Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
In interlocking stories moving back and forth in time, Danticat weaves a beautifully rendered portrait of longing in the small fishing town of Ville Rose in Haiti. The stories flow seamlessly one into another and are distinguished by Danticat’s luminous prose.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
In the wake of his nefarious father’s abandonment, Theo, a smart, 13-year-old Manhattanite, is extremely close to his vivacious mother—until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty, or love. Tartt writes from Theo’s point of view with fierce exactitude and magnetic emotion.

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Nancy Pearl, librarian, literature expert, NPR commentator, and best-selling author of Book Lust, serves as chair of the awards’ selection committee.

The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world, and are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist publications and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Annotations and more information on the finalists and the awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/carnegieadult.

 

 

 

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