Dear RUSA Members,
It seems quite a surprise to me to realize that this issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly completes my first volume as editor. It has been an exciting and challenging experience. I hope that RUSQ readers have found the articles and columns that we have published in this first year to be exciting and challenging as well. I would like to thank the RUSQ Board, RUSA office staff, and the ALA publishing staff–in particular Tim Clifford–for all their support in getting RUSQ out to readers.
There are a number of pieces in this issue that I would call to your attention:
- The library profession, and RUSA, lost an important member this winter with the death of former RUSQeditor Connie Van Fleet. In the editor’s column in this issue, Connie’s colleagues, students and teachers remember her and her wide ranging interests.
- Victoria Caplinger’s column on readers’ advisory from the cataloger’s perspective should provoke some useful discussion on improving RA services in libraries of all sorts.
- Other columns and articles explore Google Scholar, the role of the reference desk, and readers’ advisory in academic libraries.
As you can see, there is a lot of good reading here for those interested in reference services!
I am looking forward to the coming year and my second volume of RUSQ. Please continue to let me know what you would like to see in the journal, and thanks for the comments and suggestions so far.
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In this issue…
From the Editor, Barry Trott
Connie Van Fleet, an Appreciation
From the President of RUSA, Mary Pagliero Popp
An Imperative for Libraries: How Well Do We Know Our Users?
Taking Issues, eds Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann
Cross-Examining Google Scholar
Xiaotian Chen and Kevin O’Kelly
Accidental Technologist, ed. Eric Phetteplace
Chasing Reference: Librarians and Collaborative Blogging
Amy Barlow, Heather Beverley, Carrie Dunham-LaGree, Sarah Elichko, and Emily Hamstra
Readers’ Advisory, ed. Laurel Tarulli
In the Eye of the Beholder: Readers’ Advisory from a Cataloging Perspective
The Alert Collector, ed. Kelly Polacek
Rachel K. Fischer
Management, ed. Marianne Ryan
The Effect of Time of Day on Reference Interactions in Academic Law Libraries
Regarding Reference in an Academic Library: Does the Desk Make a Difference?
Hazel McClure and Patricia Bravender
Reading Matters in the Academic Library: Taking the Lead from Public Librarians
Shall We Get Rid of the Reference Desk?
Dennis B. Miles
From the Committees of RUSA
Notable Books, the 2013 Selection of Titles
The Reading List, the 2013 Selection of Titles
The Listen List, the 2013 Selection of Titles
Outstanding Reference Books, the 2013 Selection of Titles
Professional Materials, ed. Karen Antell Reference
Book Reviews, ed. Tammy Eschedor Voelker