RUSA appoints new editor of RUSQ

Contact: Cathleen Bourdon

RUSA/ASCLA Executive Director

800-545-2433 x 4395
For Immediate Release

February 7, 2006

RUSA appoints new editor of RUSQ

CHICAGO - Diane Zabel, the Louis and Virginia Benzak Business Librarian (an endowed position) at the Schreyer Business Library, Penn State University, has been appointed editor of
Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), a refereed research journal published by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Zabel will serve as editor-designate until July 1, 2006 and then will serve for three years as editor.

“I view
RUSQ as a forum for librarians to learn from one another,” said Zabel. “Librarians seek out thoughtful articles on frontline reference service, innovative instruction, the impact of e-resources on reference and collection development, strategies for improving and marketing library services, and other timely topics.
RUSQ publishes the best research and thinking on serving library users.”

Previously, Zabel served as behavioral and social sciences librarian and a general reference librarian at Penn State. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and a master’s degree in library science and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

She is the co-author of “The Flexible Workplace: A Sourcebook of Information and Research” (Quorum Books, 2001) and “The Quality Management Sourcebook: An International Guide to Materials and Resources” (Routledge, 1996). She has written several book chapters and articles relating to the literature of psychology and sociology, hospitality and tourism education, and total quality management. She is interested in instructional issues and her article “A Reaction to Information Literacy and Higher Education” was published in the January 2004 issue of the
Journal of Academic Librarianship. She also has published more than 30 book reviews.

Zabel was elected RUSA vice-president/president-elect in 2004 and currently serves as president of the division. An active ALA member, Zabel has chaired many committees relating to continuing education, information literacy, and building library collections. She chaired the RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section in 1999-2000. Since 1999, she has served as the editor of the “Alert Collector” column in
Reference & User Services Quarterly. She also serves on the editorial board of the
Publications in Librarianship series, a monographic series that has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries since 1952. Zabel is a member of the editorial board of the
Journal of Academic Librarianshipand the
Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship.

RUSA is the ALA division devoted to supporting the delivery of reference/information services to all groups and of general library services to adults. Its 5,000 members represent all types of libraries.