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From the Editor

It is hard to believe how quickly six years has passed. At this time in 2012, I was working on getting the pieces together for my first issue of RUSQ. Reflecting the nature of the profession, all three feature articles were on digital content—ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. It has been a great honor and pleasure to be the editor of RUSA’s flagship journal for the past six years. I cannot think of a more challenging and interesting opportunity, and I am grateful to the previous editor, Diane Zabel, and to the RUSA Board for selecting me in 2012. I have tried over these six volumes of RUSQ to offer a mix of theory and practice that would be of interest to both public and academic librarians, and that would help us all become more reflective practitioners. Along the way, I have had the assistance of many people, who are thanked in the editor’s column in this issue. I am happy that this last issue under my editorial direction has two feature pieces on reading, as my start at RUSQ was as editor of the readers’ advisory column. The other two feature pieces look at discovery services and the role of librarians in the 21st century classroom. Our columns do their usual excellent job of discussing current issues in librarianship, including local news, reference internships, resources on workplace diversity, gender and sexuality issues in readers’ advisory, and marketing library services. And our book reviews continue to be an important piece of the journal. While I am sad to leave RUSQ, I am delighted that Kathleen Kern will be taking over the editorship. I have no doubts that she will continue to make RUSQ the gold standard in scholarly publication on reference and user services. See summer issue now.

Barry Trott
Editor, RUSQ
btrott@wrl.org

 

RUSQ 57:4
Table of Contents

Columns
01 – From the Editor – Barry Trott
“Thanks, and Good-bye to All That”

02 – From the President of RUSA – Chris LeBeau
“Libraries and Local News: Expanding Journalism: Another User Service Grounded in Reference.”

03 – Management – Marianne Ryan (col. ed.)
“Designing a Meaningful Reference and Instruction Internship: The MLIS Student Perspective” by Tanner D. Lewey and Hannah Moody-Goo

04 – Alert Collector – Mark Shores (col. ed.)
“Workplace Diversity and Inclusion” by Andrew R. Grissom

05 – Readers’ Advisory – Laurel Tarulli (col. ed.)
“Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Fiction: Suggesting New Titles to Make All Readers Feel Like They Belong” by Laurel Tarulli

06 – Amplify Your Impact – Nicole Eva and Erin Shea (col. eds.)
“An Interview with Mark Aaron Polger, Editor of Marketing Libraries Journal”

Feature Articles
07 – “Library, Library Make Me a Match: Impact of Form-Based Readers’ Advisory on Academic Library Use and Student Leisure Reading” by Kaia Sievert, Amber Fick, Becky Adamski, Ashley Merrill, and Danika LeMay

08 – “Searching for Birth Parents or Adopted Children: Finding without Seeking in Romance Novels” by Mary K. Chelton

09 – “Measuring Query Complexity in Web-scale Discovery: A Comparison between Two Academic Libraries” by Rachael A. Cohen and Angie Thorpe Pusnik

10 – “Added Value or Essential Instruction?: Librarians in the 21st Century Classroom” by Julie Biando Edwards

From Committees of RUSA
11 – Best Historical Materials

Reviews
13 – Professional Materials – Karen Antell (ed.)
14- Reference Book Reviews – Anita Slack (ed.)

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