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ERIC Number: ED441522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 291
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-55570-364-X
Rethinking Reference: The Reference Librarian's Practical Guide for Surviving Constant Change.
Thomsen, Elizabeth
This book has three purposes: to provide a perspective for looking at how traditional reference service "fits" in with new trends and issues; to document the myriad ways in which day-to-day library services are being transformed by changes in technology, culture, and staffing; and to offer guidance and advice for evolving reference services to adapt to these changes and for communicating the value of those services to administrators and funders. The volume is arranged in nine chapters which address different aspects of reference work. Each chapter uses sidebars and tables which present strategies for success, observations of developing trends, tips on providing services, and Web sites that will make keeping current easier. Chapter 1 is a brief history on the role of the reference librarian over the last century. Chapter 2 discusses the function and characteristics of a reference librarian and how the profession has changed with advent of electronic resources. Chapter 3 discusses the nature of effective communication, communication challenges of reference work, the reference interview, and implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chapter 4 starts with a short history of reference collections followed by the use and evaluation of reference resources in the electronic age. Chapter 5 looks at the layout, use, and staffing of the reference area. Chapter 6 looks at questions from all angles. Chapter 7 points out that librarians need ongoing training and need to train users. Chapter 8 examines the caveats of measuring service with statistics and suggests methods for developing a plan for collecting and interpreting statistics to ensure quality service. Chapter 9 describes the Web in the context of reference services. Appendices include a sample reference policy and a sample survey form. (Includes an index.) (AEF)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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