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ERIC Number: ED518391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 120
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8389-1086-3
The Librarian as Information Consultant: Transforming Reference for the Information Age
Murphy, Sarah Anne
ALA Editions
Library users' evolving information needs and their choice of search methods have changed reference work profoundly. Today's reference librarian must work in a whole new way--not only service-focused and businesslike, but even entrepreneurial. Murphy innovatively rethinks the philosophy behind current library reference services in this thought-provoking book, which: (1) Rebrands reference librarianship on the model of a consulting business, providing a renewed vision of the reference desk by treating patrons as clients; (2) Spells out the importance of the patron's voice, and details methods for building and maintaining relationships with patrons; and (3) Identifies the reference librarian's competitive advantage over Web search engines and shows how to capitalize on it. Murphy adapts existing business practices and programs to the context of the library, allowing frontline staff and administrators in any type of reference department to monitor and continuously improve their library's services. The following chapters are contained in this book: (1) The Library and Information Consultant; (2) Strategies for Building and Maintaining Consumer Relationships; (3) Marketing the Library and Information Consultant's Services: Creating a Sophisticated Brand; (4) The Business of Consulting: Managing Employee Service Roles and Consumer Demand; and (5) Developing the Infrastructure and Culture for Continuous Quality Improvement. An index is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: American Library Association