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.

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

“The spirit of giving and receiving: librarianship and the volunteer tradition” by Kathleen Kern

Taking Issues – Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann (col. eds.)

“Self-Censorship in Selection of LGBT-Themed Materials” by Jennifer Downey

Accidental Technologist – 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 – 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

 Feature Articles

“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 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.)

Reference Book Reviews – Tammy Eschedor Voelker (ed.)

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