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  • It is likely that many of you have already encountered the print GR in your training as a librarian. Certainly the print version served as a cornerstone of reference librarianship and training in the past century and today the online version has only increased the depth of coverage and the power of the classic brand. Today will touch on some of the philosophy that shapes GR and also cover its practical and current applications.
  • These are the primary areas where you can really leverage GR in your work.We will also talk about FREE access later for you and your LIS programs later in the webinar
  • We will also archive the slides and video of this presentation sometime next week.
  • We hope that because of this award voted on by your peers, you’ll want to at the very least take advantage of the free 60 Day trial after this webinar.
  • Historically GR is a large, even huge print volume. We feel this quotation is still relevant of the online version, and that the mission of GR has always remained that same.
  • Denise tell a story about how Guide to Reference came in handy for you or one of the other editors?
  • New volunteers welcome.Email us at if you’d like to be involved?Denise-
  • Editors put a lot of work into the annotations and this provides the value of really helping you make decisions about titles.Very complete Taxomony that outlines human knowledge.
  • Copy editors have commented on the extensive coverage of online resources, and we think this shows how smart and savvy reference librarians are.IP authentication for your campus - save searches by logging in though both locally and globally
  • Three of our goals at GR are to help three major areas, Reference, Collection Development and Teaching & training. First up is Reference
  • We’ve talked to a lot of reference librarians and these challenges came up quite a bit. We believe that GR addresses these issues
  • EG give you an overview of ref lit and publishing practices in a subject area.
  • Our second goal at Guide to Reference is helping with Collection Development. We’ve worked quite a bit with folks who are starting a new program and needed to build up that section of the library. Or starting a new specialized library.
  • Tight budgets prohibit buying for staff use.
  • And of course, it’s constantly being updated.
  • We offer long term complimentary access to LIS classes.
  • Now, let’s take a look at the guide. Browse page particularly useful for LIS instructors introducing their students to reference work.
  • We’ll be holding this webinar again in two months so please feel free to join us again and don’t forget to invite your colleagues, too.When this webinar is over you’ll will be given a short survey to fill out. Let us know what you think about this webinar—your feedback is important to us.

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  • Essentials Webinar
  • Guide to ReferenceEssentials WebinarWelcomeToday we’ll introduce you to Guide toReference, a foundational tool forlibrarians, teachers, researchers,students, and other library users. We’llshow you how it can help you in yourwork.
  • Our goal todayWe’ll show you how to leverage Guideto Reference to support your work inthe following areas:» Reference» Collection development» Teaching and training
  • Who we areMelissa WoodMarketing & Sales Manager, ALA Digital ReferenceJames HennellyManaging Editor, ALA Digital ReferenceDan KaplanMarketing Manager, ALA PublishingSpecial GuestDenise Beaubien BennettGeneral Editor of Guide to Reference
  • PreliminariesIf you have questions, please submit themthrough the questions function during thepresentation.We’ll collect your questions and answer themduring the webinar and during the Q&A at theend.For any technical difficulties, please send aquestions to Dan Kaplan.
  • Library Journal’s 2012 BestDatabaseLibrary Journal named Guide toReference as the Best Database inthe Professional Resource Categoryin 2012.This award was based on votes fromlibrarians, readers of LJ, andreviewers.
  • Guide to Reference is―(1) a reference manual . . . ; (2) a selectionaid for the librarian; (3) a textbook for thestudent who . . . is pursuing a systematicstudy of reference books.‖Constance WinchellPreface to the 8th edition, 1967
  • The premier evaluativebibliography» Reflects the accumulated knowledge andwisdom of the reference community overmany years» Continues to serve as a center for learningabout and practicing referencelibrarianship» Some call it ―the Bible‖ of referencesources
  • How does the Guide do it?» It’s selective and broad in coverage» It gives you nearly 17,000 of the best andmost authoritative reference sources in 56disciplines arranged under 6 major subjectdivisions, with in-depth annotations» It’s kept up-to-date by an Editorial Boardand 70+ contributing editors—yourcolleagues and peers in the referencecommunity»
  • Traditional strengths» Titles are chosen by reference librariansand subject experts» In-depth evaluative annotations» Broad subject coverage: GeneralReference Works; Humanities; Social andBehavioral Sciences; History and AreaStudies; Science, Technology, andMedicine
  • New strengths» Sources include cutting-edge onlineresources and websites, free and licensed» Powerful and versatile search and browse» Interactive features that let you save andshare your work» New interdisciplinary fields: CognitiveScience; Communication/Media Studies;Environmental, Cultural, and GenderStudies
  • The advantages of beingonline» Quickly browse and search in manysubject areas» Customize and save your searches» Create lists of resources and share» Add notes/comments to titles and share» Hyperlink among titles inside and outsidethe Guide» Connect to local holdings via WorldCat
  • Reference» Direct library users to best and mostauthoritative sources for answers» Train and orient new reference staff andstudents/paraprofessional staff» Create subject bibliographies, finding aids,and instructional materials
  • Reference: CurrentChallenges» Reference questions are fewer but―harder‖» More questions require subject or contentknowledge» Too much dependence on Google andother search engines
  • Reference: How the Guidecan help» Find best sources quickly by drilling downinto taxonomy and by refining searches» Use Editor’s Guides for orientation» Use annotations for guidance» Create lists of resources for bibliographiesand finding aids» Save your best searches for regular use
  • Collection development» Evaluate your collection:» What’s missing» What needs to be updated» What should be retired» Build collections for new programs and forspecial libraries (law, medicine,corporate)
  • Collection DevelopmentCurrent Challenges» Making do with less: Budget cuts» Print vs. online sources» Buying for library staff vs. library users» Small collection development staff; limitedstaff time
  • Collection DevelopmentHow the Guide can help» Use Editor’s Guides to understand shapeand direction of reference literature» Use annotations to compare resources» Create lists of titles for possible purchaseand share with colleagues» Add notes/comments to titles that shouldbe updated or retired» Customize and save searches to run atregular intervals
  • Teaching and Training» Introduce next generation of referencelibrarians to reference sources andreference practices» Differentiate among types of referencesources and their value and use» Communicate nature of information-seeking and reference process
  • Teaching and TrainingCurrent Challenges» Value of bibliographies and traditionalreference works in an online world» Difference between print and onlinesources» Too much dependence on Google andother search engines
  • Teaching and TrainingHow the Guide can help» Orient students to the taxonomy» Ask students to read Editor’s Guides» Ask students to evaluate differentresources based on their annotations» Ask students to find best resources foranswering questions» Ask students to create subject guides» Create lists of resources for class projects
  • Three major points of entry» Home page – take a trial; subscribe;participate and connect» Browse page – see the subjectorganization of the Guide at a glance» Advanced Search page – construct andmanage your searches
  • Take advantage of Editor’sGuides» They discuss overall shape of referenceliterature in different subject areas» They discuss characteristics of theliterature outside the scope of annotations» They discuss changes to publishing andresearch patterns caused by the onlinerevolution» They’re written by the Editorial Board andcontributing editors
  • If you like yoursearch, save it and run itlater
  • Wrapping up» Taking a trial» Subscribing» Special offer for LIS programs» We’ll archive this webinar»»
  • Q & AWe’re ready to answer your questions
  • Guide to Reference EssentialsWebinars» Recurring series of webinars everyother month» Please tell your colleagues about thewebinars» Join us again» We welcome any feedback» Contact us