Published! New issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly, Volume 53, Issue 2


Dear RUSA Members,

I am delighted to announce the publication of RUSQ, 53:2. This issue offers interesting feature pieces and columns covering a wide range of topics, including developing a virtual collection in an academic library to promote extracurricular reading, the dangers of self-censorship in collection building, consumer health literacy, professional development, adult learners, and librarian perspectives on Wikipedia among others. And, as always, there are excellent reviews of professional and reference sources. Of special note is the report from the RUSA President’s Program along with commentary. I hope that librarians in all different types of libraries will find something useful and provocative here. Please let me know your thoughts.

Read on and stay current with these emerging trends in reference services!

Barry Trott
Editor, RUSQ

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In this issue…


For Your Enrichment, Barry Trott (col. ed.)
       A “Novel” Approach to Recreational Reading: Creating a Virtual Collection on a Shoestring” by Sarah Dahlen and Sean Watkins
From the President of RUSA, Kathleen Kern
      The spirit of giving and receiving: librarianship and the volunteer tradition
Taking Issues, eds Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann (col. eds.)
       Self-Censorship in Selection of LGBT-Themed Materials by Jennifer Downey
Accidental Technologist, ed. Eric Phetteplace (col. ed.)
       Less like a lesson, and more like an adventure”: Learning, libraries, and the zombie apocalypse by Dr. Matt Finch
Readers’ Advisory, ed. Laurel Tarulli (col. ed.)
       Social media and readers’ advisory: New Zealand experiences (part 2) by Rebecca Anwyll and Brenda Chawner
The Alert Collector Kelly Polacek (col. ed.)
      Reference and research resources for medical sociology, medical anthropology, and health psychology by Spencer Acadia
Management Marianne Ryan (col. ed.)
Over the Counter Help: User Perspective as an Active Ingredient in Marketing the Library by Andrea M. Bartelstein


Exemplary Practice for Learning 2.0: Based on a Cumulative Analysis of the Value and Effect of “23 Things” Programs in Libraries by Michael Stephens

The Development and Performance Measurements of Educational Programs to Improve Consumer Health Information (CHI) Literacy by Younghee Noh

Wikipedia: Librarians’ Perspectives on Its Use as a Reference Source by Johnny Snyder

Closing the Gap: Library Help-seeking Preferences of Graduate Adult Learners by Lizah Ismail

From the Committees of RUSA

The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: A Report and Reactions to the 2013 RUSA President’s Program with Lee Rainie RUSA President’s Program Committee

Investment Success: Building and Managing Your Retirement Portfolio BRASS Program Planning Committee

Outstanding Business Reference Sources 2013 BRASS Business Reference Sources Committee

Best of the Best Business Websites, the 2013 Winners BRASS Education Committee


Professional Materials, Karen Antell (ed.)
Book Reviews, Tammy Eschedor Voelker (ed.)

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