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Sanders, Colleen – Public Services Quarterly, 2015
Competency-based education (CBE) is an emerging model for higher education designed to reduce certain barriers to educational attainment. This essay describes CBE and the challenges and opportunities for academic librarians desiring to serve students and faculty in Library and Information Management Master of Library Science (MLS) programs. Every…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Higher Education, Models, Academic Libraries
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Dodge, Heather – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
The ability to navigate the vast ocean of available information and perform reference services in digital environments is an essential component of the job for most of today's reference librarians, especially those working in academic libraries. Reference librarians face a challenge: they must be highly skilled at searching for, locating, and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Information Science Education, Librarians
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Saunders, Laura – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Academic reference services face great challenges as they cope with the pace of technological change, competition from other information service providers, and tight budgets. In fact, some critics suggest that reference services are no longer relevant or necessary as more information moves online. This study examines a nationwide survey that…
Descriptors: Reference Services, Librarians, Academic Libraries, National Surveys
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Ward, David; Phetteplace, Eric – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
The growth in number and kind of online reference services has resulted in both new users consulting library research services as well as new patterns of service use. Staffing in-person and virtual reference services desks adequately requires a systematic analysis of patterns of use across service points in order to successfully meet fluctuating…
Descriptors: Library Services, Reference Services, Library Research, Library Administration
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Roper, Kristin Grabarek; Sobel, Karen – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Librarians who provide virtual reference services often perceive that their patrons self-identify to some degree, even when transactions are anonymous. They also develop a sense of patrons' greatest research-related needs over time. In this article, two librarians analyze two years' worth of virtual reference transcripts to determine what patrons…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication
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Miller, Robin E. – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Communities of practice offer reference librarians a conceptual model through which to develop and maintain general and subject specific knowledge. Reference librarians acquire general and subject-specific knowledge in many ways, sometimes independently and sometimes collaboratively. Applying the concept of the "community of practice" to reference…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Reference Services, Librarians, Concept Teaching
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Penner, Katherine – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
As 21st century librarians, we have made apt adjustments for reaching out into the digital world, but we need to consider the students who still use library services within our walls. We can use available handheld, mobile technologies to help patrons too shy to approach the desk and free library staff to bring reference service directly to patrons.
Descriptors: Reference Services, Library Services, Library Automation, Library Development
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Dempsey, Megan – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
The growing trends of tiered reference, roving librarians, and virtual reference offer academic libraries several options for providing the most effective reference service. Increased enrollment at community colleges has prompted a reconsideration of how librarians can balance reference, teaching, and faculty responsibilities. This article…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Librarians
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Townsend, Whitney – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Medical and health sciences libraries have incorporated the elements of evidence-based practice (EBP) into their reference services, instruction, and online resource development for years. While EBP focuses on the use of medical and health sciences literature in the clinical environment (i.e., making decisions about how to treat a particular…
Descriptors: Evidence, Medical Education, Medical Libraries, Information Literacy
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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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Todorinova, Lily; Huse, Andy; Lewis, Barbara; Torrence, Matt – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Declining reference statistics, diminishing human resources, and the desire to be more proactive and embedded in academic departments, prompted the University of South Florida Library to create a taskforce for re-envisioning reference services. The taskforce was charged with examining the staffing patterns at the desk and developing…
Descriptors: Interviews, Reference Services, Library Services, Decision Making
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Henry, Jo – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Reference transactions in academic libraries have been on the decline since mid-1990. The Academic Library Survey from the National Center for Education Statistics shows an average drop of 25% in reference use from 1996-2004 with higher numbers at some institutions such as the University of Maryland which plummeted 47% (Martell, 2008). The…
Descriptors: Marketing, Research Libraries, Academic Libraries, Reference Materials
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Matava, Tobie; Coffey, Dan; Kushkowski, Jeffrey – Public Services Quarterly, 2010
Today's academic library provides resources that users can access both physically in the library and virtually from academic offices. This increasing availability of online access means that information resources are no longer confined within library walls and librarians need to rethink how their constituents' information needs are being met.…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Academic Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
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Bartnik, Linda; Farmer, Katherine; Ireland, Ashley; Murray, Lilia; Robinson, Julie – Public Services Quarterly, 2010
Embedded librarians are attempting assimilation into a new pedagogical collective outside the library, often with a mission to improve the quality of service to that collective. But like the Borg, embedded librarians may not be achieving the results they envision. This article documents the varied experiences of five reference librarians at Murray…
Descriptors: Library Services, Librarians, Reference Services, Library Development
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Tumbleson, Beth E.; Burke, John J. – Public Services Quarterly, 2010
Information literacy instruction is provided in five formats: reference, one-shot sessions, credit courses, library Web sites, and embedded librarians. Each method offers distinct merits as well as limitations. Much can be gained by considering the swirl or interplay of all five and how working with one approach informs the others and results in a…
Descriptors: Librarians, Outreach Programs, Library Services, Information Literacy
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