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ERIC Number: ED520466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Accuracy of Answers Provided by Digital/Face-to-Face Reference Services in Japanese Public Libraries and Q & A Sites
Tsuji, Keita; To, Haruna; Hara, Atsuyuki
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v8 n4 p444-451 Apr 2011
We asked the same 60 questions using DRS (digital reference services) in Japanese public libraries, face-to-face reference services and Q & A (question and answer) sites. It was found that: (1) The correct answer ratio of DRS is higher than that of Q & A sites; (2) DRS takes longer to provide answers as compared to Q & A sites; and (3) The correct answer ratio of face-to-face reference services in public libraries that provide (do not provide) DRS is higher than (the same as) that of Q & A sites. Considering that a majority of the Japanese public libraries do not provide DRS, the result indicates that Q & A sites and face-to-face reference services are comparable in terms of their ability to answer questions. However, the public libraries that earnestly provide DRS can outperform Q & A sites. (Contains 7 tables and 6 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan