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  • Welcome, Alison Elms who used to lead this webinar liked to refer to GR as a foundational tool. 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 applications.
  • These are the primary areas where you can really leverage GR in your work.
  • Engineering Librarian at the Marston Science Library at University of Florida.
  • We will also archive the slides and video of this presentation.
  • Historically GR is a large, even huge print volume. Much different to use from this online version. But as this quotation shows that mission of GR has always remained that same.
  • Started as a large pamphlet and evolved into that foundational tool I mentioned at the start. Thanks in good part to its illustrious line of General Editors, whose names became synomynous with GR. Isadora Mudge –legendary editor from Coulmbia U.Constance Winchell and and Eugene Sheehy also from Columbia. And Robert Balay of Choice magazine was last print editor.Mention Bob Kieft winning this year’s Mudge award. Bob oversaw the transition to online.
  • New volunteers welcome.
  • Usefulness probably plays a role in the selection decision than you might expect.Tend to favor English language but there are non English that are deemed to be of exceptional value.
  • 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.
  • Browse page particularly useful for LIS instructors introducing their students to reference work.
  • Go over buttons appearing on the slide
  • This partial screen shows just three of the top subject areas and then subtopics, and editorial guides.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We offer long term complimentary access to LIS classes.
  • Here are six major divisions and you’ll see th e highlighted EGs
  • Find will take you to World Cat where you can find local holdings. Anything with an ISBN will likely have a find button.Red arrows here indicate the interactive options you have.
  • Read from the 3rd paragraph.
  • Read highlighted areas.
  • Read highlighted paragraph.
  • Read highlighted. I’ve clicked on Online Repository Systems.
  • Tab delimited is like a spreadsheet.
  • 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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  • 1. Essentials Webinar
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Our goal todayWe’ll show you how to leverage Guideto Reference to support your work inthe following areas:» Reference» Collection development» Teaching and training
  • 4. Who we areJames HennellyManaging Editor, ALA Digital ReferenceMelissa WoodMarketing & Sales Manager, ALA Digital ReferenceTroy LinkerPublisher, ALA Digital ReferenceDan KaplanMarketing Manager, ALA Publishing
  • 5. Special GuestDenise Beaubien BennettGeneral Editor of Guide to Reference
  • 6. PreliminariesIf you have questions, please submit themthrough the public chat 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 aprivate chat to Dan Kaplan.
  • 7. Library Journal’s 2012 BestDatabase Library Journal named Guide to Reference as the Best Database in the Professional Resource Category in 2012. This award was based on votes from librarians, readers of LJ, and reviewers.
  • 8. 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 Winchell Preface to the 8th edition, 1967
  • 9. A long & distinguished history» First published in 1902 as Guide to the Study and Use of Reference Books: A Manual for Librarians, Teachers, and Students» Published in 11 print editions between 1902 and 1996» Known by previous editor names: Mudge, Winchell, Sheehy, and Balay» In 2008, Guide to Reference goes online
  • 10. The premier evaluativebibliography» One of the main cornerstones of reference librarianship since 1902» Reflects the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of the reference community over many years» Continues to serve as a center for learning about and practicing reference librarianship» Some call it ―the Bible‖ of reference sources
  • 11. How does the Guide do it?» It’s selective and broad in coverage» It gives you nearly 17,000 of the best and most authoritative reference sources in 56 disciplines arranged under 6 major subject divisions, with in-depth annotations» It’s kept up-to-date by an Editorial Board and 70+ contributing editors—your colleagues and peers in the reference community
  • 12. Selection criteria» Usefulness – How useful? How often used?» Breadth of scope – How broadly focused?» Quality – How accurate and complete?» Imprint date – How current?» Language – In English?
  • 13. Traditional strengths» Titles are chosen by reference librarians and subject experts» In-depth evaluative annotations» Broad subject coverage: General Reference Works; Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; History and Area Studies; Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • 14. New strengths» Sources include cutting-edge online resources and websites, free and licensed» Powerful and versatile search and browse» Interactive features that let you save and share your work» New interdisciplinary fields: Cognitive Science; Communication/Media Studies; Environmental, Cultural, and Gender Studies
  • 15. Our goal restatedWe’ll show you how to leverage Guideto Reference to support your work inthe following areas:» Reference» Collection development» Teaching and training
  • 16. The advantages of beingonline» Quickly browse and search in many subject areas» Customize and save your searches» Create lists of resources and share» Add notes/comments to titles and share» Hyperlink among titles inside and outside the Guide» Connect to local holdings via WorldCat
  • 17. Three major points of entry» Home page – take a trial; subscribe; participate and connect» Browse page – see the subject organization of the Guide at a glance» Advanced Search page – construct and manage your searches
  • 18. Doing Reference work» Direct library users to best/authoritative sources for answers» Train and orient new reference staff and students/paraprofessional staff» Create subject bibliographies and finding aids.
  • 19. Let’s talk about your work
  • 20. Reference» Direct library users to best and most authoritative sources for answers» Train and orient new reference staff and students/paraprofessional staff» Create subject bibliographies, finding aids, and instructional materials
  • 21. Current challenges» Reference questions are fewer but ―harder‖» More questions require subject or content knowledge» Too much dependence on Google and other search engines
  • 22. How the Guide can help» Find best sources quickly by drilling down into taxonomy and by refining searches» Use Editor’s Guides for orientation» Use annotations for guidance» Create lists of resources for bibliographies and finding aids» Save your best searches for regular use
  • 23. Collection development» Evaluate your collection: » What’s missing » What needs to be updated » What should be retired» Build collections for new programs and for special libraries (law, medicine, corporate)
  • 24. Current challenges» Making do with less: Budget cuts» Print vs. online sources» Buying for library staff vs. library users» Small collection development staff; limited staff time
  • 25. How the Guide can help» Use Editor’s Guides to understand shape and direction of reference literature» Use annotations to compare resources» Create lists of titles for possible purchase and share with colleagues» Add notes/comments to titles that should be updated or retired» Customize and save searches to run at regular intervals
  • 26. Teaching and training» Introduce next generation of reference librarians to reference sources and reference practices» Differentiate among types of reference sources and their value and use» Communicate nature of information- seeking and reference process
  • 27. Current challenges» Value of bibliographies and traditional reference works in an online world» Difference between print and online sources» Too much dependence on Google and other search engines
  • 28. How the Guide can help» Orient students to the taxonomy» Ask students to read Editor’s Guides» Ask students to evaluate different resources based on their annotations» Ask students to find best resources for answering questions» Ask students to create subject guides» Create lists of resources for class projects
  • 29. Let’s take a look at the Guide
  • 30. Begin with Browse» Orient yourself to complete taxonomy on Browse page; 6 major subject divisions and 56 subject categories» Drill down into different subject categories» Move through deeper levels of subject categories to refine search» Pay attention to Editor’s Guides along the way
  • 31. Take advantage of Editor’sGuides» They discuss overall shape of reference literature in different subject areas» They discuss characteristics of the literature outside the scope of annotations» They discuss changes to publishing and research patterns caused by the online revolution» They’re written by the Editorial Board and contributing editors
  • 32. You can search for Editor’sGuides
  • 33. Continue with SearchTwo ways to search:» Single-Box search: Search all record fields at same time (Title, Author, Annotation, Publisher)» Advanced search: Search by different record fields; combine search terms with Boolean operators
  • 34. If you like your search, save itand run it later
  • 35. Rely on the Annotations» Annotations are written by experts» They describe and evaluate essential features of reference sources » Intention » Coverage » Content » Arrangement
  • 36. Annotations will help you» Understand the history of a resource» Understand the utility of a resource» Understand the value and reputation of a resource» Compare and contrast resources» You can search for annotations by keyword
  • 37. Make the Guide your ownwith Interactive Features» Create a User Profile so you can save your work» Customize and save your searches» Create lists of titles and share/export» Add your notes/comments to titles and share with your colleagues» Create your own mini-Guide by saving a subset of your favorite titles
  • 38. Q&AWe’re ready to answer your questions
  • 39. Wrapping up» Taking a trial» Subscribing» Special offer for LIS programs» We’ll archive this webinar
  • 40. Guide to Reference EssentialsWebinars» Recurring series of webinars every other month» Please tell your colleagues about the webinars» Join us again» We welcome any feedback» Contact us at: guidetoreference@ala.org