ERIC Number: EJ831240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Embrace the Chaos
Huwe, Terence K.
Computers in Libraries, v29 n3 p25-27 Mar 2009
"Embracing the chaos" is an ongoing challenge for librarians. Embracing the chaos means librarians must have a plan for responding to the flood of new products, widgets, web tools, and gizmos that students use daily. In this article, the author argues that library instruction and access services have been grappling with that chaos with some degree of success. He also explores how the library can be a solutions lab for the era of hand-held computing. In his opinion, librarians still have a few library-culture-based tricks up their sleeves that transfer to the mobile (read: chaotic) era. These tricks are library instruction and online reference service. In assessing the library as a solutions lab, the author puts those two roles librarians play to the question and finds out if they are indeed embracing the chaos or if they are squandering a crisis that was tailor-made to enhance an evaluation of their skill sets.
Descriptors: Reference Services, Library Services, Librarians, Library Instruction, Universities, Information Technology, Technology Integration, Library Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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