E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts

Overview

Without question, reference collections have changed. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift where publishers are focusing on a future with electronic content and full-text interfaces; classic reference sources are being transformed into online interactive products; and the use of print continues to decline. Despite this relentless shift, some libraries cannot afford a complete transformation to e-reference and depend on print and free Web-based sources for added support. Students, however, are turning to search...

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Overview

Without question, reference collections have changed. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift where publishers are focusing on a future with electronic content and full-text interfaces; classic reference sources are being transformed into online interactive products; and the use of print continues to decline. Despite this relentless shift, some libraries cannot afford a complete transformation to e-reference and depend on print and free Web-based sources for added support. Students, however, are turning to search engines and Wikipedia as starting points for their research, leaving vetted content out-of-sight, and consequently, out-of-mind.
E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts consists of over 20 informative chapters by librarians, publishers, and other industry professionals that propose new ideas for reinventing reference collections and interfaces to fit the needs of today's researchers. The chapters examine the issues of reference context and discoverability in school, public, and academic libraries, as well as within the reference publishing community. Librarians, publishers, and those studying library and information science are the book's primary audience, but others in the information industry, particularly those with an interest in reference, will find significant value here as well.
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Polanka (head, reference & instruction, Wright State Univ. Libs.; No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries) presents a collection of new pieces by librarians and industry insiders addressing the current state of reference resources available to library users. They offer insights on topics ranging from the historical growth of reference and e-reference resources, to information literacy, the design and delivery of e-reference resources, and the how and why of incorporating e-reference into discovery services. The last section of the book consists of case studies of libraries using e-referencere sources in different contexts and the use of specific resources. The entries are well written and thought-provoking concerning the future of reference collections and reference services including the impact of mobile services and the semantic web. VERDICT The book does a good job of placing e-reference resources in the historical and current context of libraries in a world of ubiquitous, consumable, and readily available information. Recommended for library school libraries and library professional reading budgets that can afford the eye-popping price.—Robert L. Battenfeld, C.W. Post Campus Lib., Long Island Univ., Brookville, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613503089
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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