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ERIC Number: EJ1073539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
Who, What and How? Commentary on Cheney, F. N. (1963) the Teaching of Reference in American Library Schools. (Journal of Education for Librarianship, 3(3), 188-198)
Smith, Linda C.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v56 n1 Win 2015
Cheney's paper was the first major article on the subject of teaching reference in American library schools. In the article, she addressed three questions: (1) Who is teaching reference?; (2) What is being taught?; and (3) How is it being taught? In this article, Linda Smith discusses how the teaching of reference has changed in the more than 50 years since Cheney offered her assessment of the state of the field in 1963. Cheney focused on the 32 library schools with ALA-accredited programs; that number has grown to 58, several of which also identify as Information Schools ("iSchools"). [For the historical paper, "The Teaching of Reference in American Library Schools," see EJ1073536.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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