Dear RUSA Members,
Welcome toÂ RUSQÂ 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 ofÂ RUSQÂ has lots of interesting reading.Â In some column highlights,Â RUSA President Kathleen Kern takes on the role of user services in RUSA;Â â€œTaking Issuesâ€ offers a spirited and thoughtful debate on the value of the library catalog;Â and we take a look at a potentiallyÂ useful tool for job seekers and librariansÂ alike.Â Our three feature articlesÂ cover topics that will be of interest to all those working in the reference field.Â RUSAâ€™s History Section presents the Best Historical Materials 2013Â 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 forÂ RUSQ, please contact me.
In this issue…
From the Editor, Barry Trott (col. ed.)
For Your Enrichment â€“
The Spiesâ€™Guide to Cyberspace: The NSAâ€™s Untangling the Web by Kevin Oâ€™Kelly,
From the President of RUSA â€“ M. Kathleen Kern – Enjoy this free article!
User Services: Putting the â€œUâ€ in RUSA
Taking Issues â€“ Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann (col. eds.)
Should We Retire the Catalog? by Dianne Cmor and Rory Litwin
Accidental Technologist â€“ Eric Phetteplace (col. ed.)
Finding, Evaluating, and Sharing New Technology by Carli Spina
Readersâ€™ Advisory â€“ Laurel Tarulli (col. ed.)
Blurring Gender Lines in Readersâ€™ Advisory for Young Adults by Beth M. Brendler
The Alert Collector â€“ Kelly Polacek (col. ed.)
Looking at the Alert Collector by Kelly Polacak and Neal Wyatt
Information Literacy and Instruction â€“ Barry Trott (col. ed.)
Casting a Wider Net: O*Net, Workforce Development, and Information Literacy by Nora J. Bird and Tim Williams
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 â€“ RUSA History Section Historical Materials Committee
Professional Materials â€“ Karen Antell (ed.)
Reference Book Reviews â€“ Tammy Eschedor Voelker (ed.)