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



In this issue…

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


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


Professional Materials – Karen Antell (ed.)

Reference Book Reviews – Tammy Eschedor Voelker (ed.)

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