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Mulac, Carolyn M. – ALA Editions, 2012
The all-in-one "Reference reference" you've been waiting for, this invaluable book offers a concise introduction to reference sources and services for a variety of readers, from library staff members who are asked to work in the reference department to managers and others who wish to familiarize themselves with this important area of…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Directories, Dictionaries, Reference Services
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Arya, Harsh Bardhan; Mishra, J. K. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2012
The paper describes the theory and definition of the practice of librarianship, specifically addressing how Web 2.0 technologies (tools) such as synchronous messaging, collaborative reference service and streaming media, blogs, wikis, social networks, social bookmarking tools, tagging, RSS feeds, and mashups might intimate changes and how…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Social Networks, Reference Services
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Power, June L. – Journal of Access Services, 2012
It's been well documented in a number of articles regarding the contemporary library patron that with the rise in mobile computing and smart phone technology, patrons are looking for fast and easy service from whichever technological avenue they are using to access library services. Libraries are responding with increasing numbers of online…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Services, Users (Information), Synchronous Communication
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Wang, Ya; Howard, Pamela – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2012
Google Scholar is a free service that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly works and to connect patrons with the resources libraries provide. The researchers in this study analyzed Google Scholar usage data from 2006 for three library tools at San Francisco State University: SFX link resolver, Web Access Management proxy server,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Instruction, Internet
Skalkos, Lia – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In winter 2009, Barnard College began the process of adopting Drupal 7 as its content management system. The move included Barnard Library's Zine Collection website, an information resource dedicated to the library's special collection of do-it-yourself (DIY) publications by women. Recently, as a Barnard Zine intern, the author had the challenging…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Internet, Web Sites, Programming Languages
Williams, Berika S. – Computers in Libraries, 2012
How will your library serve mobile device users? By building apps from scratch? By offering entirely separate content? Or by modifying your site for mobile devices? This author found that the best fit for a joint library serving Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria was to build a mobile website in HTML and CSS using mobile…
Descriptors: Internet, Library Services, Handheld Devices, Web Sites
Spitzer, Stephan – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The fact that people now live in a world of abundant portable electronic devices is important to any organization that maintains a web presence, including libraries. No longer tied to a desktop, the patrons' netbooks, tablets, ebook readers, and, of course, cellphones all become potential tools for remote access to library content. About a year…
Descriptors: Learning Resources Centers, Internet, Educational Resources, Libraries
Hanson, Cody – ALA Editions, 2011
In 2011, cell phones and mobile devices are ubiquitous. The vast majority of Americans now own cell phones, and over half of them have mobile access to the Internet through a phone or other mobile device. For libraries to stay relevant, they must be able to offer content and services through the mobile web. In this issue of "Library Technology…
Descriptors: Libraries, Telecommunications, Internet, Handheld Devices
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Arya, Harsh Bardhan; Mishra, J. K. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2011
This study targets librarians and information professionals who use Web 2.0 tools and applications with a view to providing snapshots on how Web 2.0 technologies are used. It also aims to identify values and impact that such tools have exerted on libraries and their services, as well as to detect various issues associated with the implementation…
Descriptors: Libraries, Reference Services, Library Services, Electronic Libraries
Hadro, Josh – Library Journal, 2011
Librarians should think of Yelp (yelp.com) as a kind of giant suggestion box hanging on the wall of the Internet. This web-based review service describes itself as "an online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Internet
Pressley, Lauren; Gilbertson, Kevin – Computers in Libraries, 2011
People see challenges to libraries in funding, in ebooks, and in the internet. However, in this information-rich age, librarians' roles are even more important. They are information experts. They know how to think about the changing information environment, and they know the impact--both positive and negative--it can have on people whose jobs…
Descriptors: Expertise, Libraries, Information Literacy, Internet
Valenza, Joyce Kasman – School Library Journal, 2011
Like many teacher librarians, this author is often blessed with the opportunity to mentor preservice teacher librarians. There are "apps" she would like to "load" onto every student teacher-librarian's "screen," if he or she is to have true credibility in leading a school through an information and communication landscape that is continually in…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Mentors, School Libraries, Librarians
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Mitchell, Erik – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
The workload of Web librarians is already split between Web-related and other library tasks. But today's technological environment has created new implications for existing services and new demands for staff time. It is time to reconsider how libraries can best allocate resources to provide effective Web services. Delivering high-quality services…
Descriptors: Libraries, Internet, Information Services, Information Technology
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Kendrick, Kaetrena Davis – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
The core duties of the reference librarian inherently mandate that the work environment is not unlike a kaleidoscope: Students and faculty revolve within and around the library, and reference and public services workers do the same; every move temporarily redesigning the library, its collections, and even its very role on campus into something…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Reference Services, Library Services, Web Sites
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Kim, Yong-Mi – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2011
Users across academic disciplines utilize different information sources based on the resource's usefulness and relevance. This study's findings show that users from arts and sciences disciplines are much more likely to utilize university library website resources and printed materials than business users who heavily rely on commercial websites.…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Information Sources, Context Effect, Intellectual Disciplines
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