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It is Christmas Eve here as I write the introduction to RUSQ 57:2; view now. I hope that the holiday season offers a time for RUSA members to catch their breath after a busy fall, and that the new year offers time for reflection and thinking about librarianship.
This issue of the journal offers a number of starting points for reflective practitioners. RUSA president Chris LeBeau looks at the challenge of working in reference in a world where the cry of “fake news” is used to conveniently set aside any facts that someone does not agree with. Chris’s column is a great introduction to our next issue, 57:3, which is a special issue devoted to “Trusted Information in an Age of Uncertainty.” In other columns, our Information Literacy editors Esther Grassian and Sarah LeMire have pulled together three perspectives on business and workplace information literacy. Our Management column, edited by Marianne Ryan, looks at the role of leader as servant. Co-editors Erin Shea and Nicole Eva bring ideas on moving from promoting content to engaging users in Amplify Your Impact. In our Readers’ Advisory column, editor Laurel Tarulli unpacks the challenges of being a solo practitioner. Editor Mark Shores Alert Collector column features resources on dark tourism. And in A Reference for That, co-editors Dave Tyckoson and Nicolette Sosulski examine the personal nature of reference service.
Our feature articles include “Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Research” by Amy VanScoy and Kawanna Bright; “There is nothing inherently mysterious about assistive technology”: A Qualitative Study about Blind User Experiences in U.S. Academic Libraries” by Adina Mulliken; and “Understanding Appeals of Video Games for Reader’s Advisory and Recommendation” by Jin Ha Lee, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Hyerim Cho, and Travis Windleharth.
And of course, review editors Karen Antell and Anita Slack have collected some great reviews of professional and reference materials.
As always, please let me know how RUSQ can help your practice of librarianship. Feel free to contact me with your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents
76 From the President of RUSA
Entitled to the Facts: A Fact-Checking Role for Librarians
86 Information Literacy and Instruction
Esther Grassian and Sarah LeMire, Editors
Business and Workplace Information Literacy: Three Perspectives
Elizabeth Malafi, Grace Liu, and Stéphane Goldstein
Marianne Ryan, Editor
Serving to Lead
93 Amplify Your Impact
Nicole Eva and Erin Shea, Editors
Moving from a Promotion Strategy to an Engagement Strategy
97 Readers’ Adisory
Laurel Tarulli, Editor
Readers’ Services: One is the Loneliest Number
102 The Alert Collector
Mark Shores, Editor
Dark Tourism: A Guide to Resources
104 A Reference for That
Nicolette Warisse Sosulski and David A. Tyckoson, Editors
Reference Service: Every Time It’s Personal
David A. Tyckoson
115 Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Research
Amy VanScoy and Kawanna Bright
127 “There is Nothing Inherently Mysterious about Assistive Technology”
A Qualitative Study about Blind User Experiences in US Academic Libraries
00 Understanding Appeals of Video Games for Readers’ Advisory and Recommendation
Jin Ha Lee, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Hyerim Cho, and Travis Windleharth
140 From Committees of RUSA
140 Outstanding Business Reference Sources 2017
BRASS Business Reference Sources Committee
145 Professional Materials
Karen Antell, editor
149 Reference Books
Anita Slack, editor