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Note from the Editor:
I hope that everyone is coming back from the holidays renewed and refreshed to start the new year. As the spring semesters begin and winter programming picks up at libraries around the country, I am delighted to bring to readers RUSQ 56(2) which as always offers a range of thoughtful pieces for librarians of all sorts.
In her column, RUSA President Alesia McManus asks “What values does RUSQ offer its members?” Other columns this issue look at a wide range of topics in libraries, including library work at a for-profit university (Eric Rector), building engagement through communications (David Carson), Managing Depository Collections (Charmaine Henriques), and looking at how readers talk about books (Louise Spiteri and Jen Pecoskie). I would also call your attention to two new column teams. Esther Grassian and Sarah LeMire have taken over the Information Literacy Column and their introductory column lays out their ideas for going forward. We also have a new column, “A Reference for That” edited by David A. Tyckoson and Nicolette Sosulski that will look at the role of reference services in the 21st century library.
Our feature articles in this issue span the globe and topics, as we look at readers’ advisory services in China ( Lili Sun and Jingzhen Xie), developing deselection training (J. Lindsay O’Neill), and financial literacy programming and collections in public libraries (Ashley E. Faulkner).
The RUSA BRASS committees present two pieces: Outstanding Business Reference Sources and Best of the Best Business Websites. And of course we have great reviews of professional and reference materials to consider.
I hope to see some of our readers at the ALA Midwinter conference in Atlanta, and as always, please let me know how RUSQ can help your practice of librarianship. Feel free to contact me with your ideas at [email protected].
Table of Contents
01 – From the Editor – Barry Trott ( col. ed.)|
02 – From the President of RUSA – Alesia MacManus
“What is the value of RUSA to you?”
03 – Management – Marianne Ryan (col. ed.)
“Librarianship in the Proprietary Education Context” by Eric Rector
04 – Information Literacy – Esther Grassian and Sarah LeMire (col. eds)
“How can this column help you?”
05 – Amplify Your Impact – Nicole Eva and Erin Shea (col. eds.)
“Communications and Engagement at West Vancouver Memorial Library: Successfully promoting the Imagine IT Technology Fair” by David Carson
06 – Alert Collector – Mark Shores (col. ed.)
“Depository Collection Management: Databases and Web Based Resources as Assessment Tools” by Charmaine Henriques
07 – A Reference for That – Nicolette Sosulski and Dave Tyckoson (col. eds)
“What are we Stopping? And “What is Shifting?”
08 – Readers’ Advisory – Laurel Tarulli (col. ed.)
“In the Readers’ Own Words: How User Content in the Catalog Can Enhance Readers’ Advisory Services” by Louise F. Spiteri and Jen Pecoskie
09 – “An Exploration of Reading Promotion and Readers’ Advisory at Chinese Public Libraries” by Lili Sun and Jingzhen Xie
10 – “Weeding with ADDIE: Developing training for Deseslection at an Academic Library” by J. Lindsay O’Neill
11 – “Financial Literacy Education in the United States: Library Programming vs. Popular Personal Finance Literature” by Ashley E. Faulkner
From Committees of RUSA
12 – BRASS Outstanding Business Reference Sources
13 – BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites
14 – Professional Materials – Karen Antell (ed.)
15 – Reference Book Reviews – Tammy Eschedor Voelker (ed.)