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Guide to Reference Essentials webinar presentation 05.15.2014

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  • 1. Essentials Webinar
  • 2. Preliminaries Please submit questions through the question function at any time during the presentation. We’ll answer them during the Q&A at the end. Also use the question function to report any technical difficulties. We will archive the slides and video of this presentation sometime next week.
  • 3. Who we are Melissa Wood Sales and Marketing Director, ALA Digital Reference James Hennelly Managing Editor, ALA Digital Reference Denise Beaubien Bennett General Editor of the Guide to Reference Special Guests John Meier Annie Zeidman-Karpinski Editors, Mathematics Section of the Guide to Reference
  • 4. Guide to Reference Essentials Webinar The Guide to Reference is… “(1) a reference manual . . . ; (2) a selection aid for the librarian; (3) a textbook for the student who . . . is pursuing a systematic study of reference books.” Constance Winchell Preface to the 8th edition, 1967
  • 5. The premier evaluative bibliography » 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Library Journal’s 2012 Best Database 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. Our outline today 1. How to leverage Guide to Reference to support your work in: » Reference » Collection development » Teaching and training 2. Case study of the Mathematics section
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Reference: Current Challenges » Reference questions are fewer but “harder” » More questions require subject or content knowledge » Print and online reference sources not housed together for easy scanning
  • 11. Reference: 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
  • 12. Collection development » Evaluate your collection: » What’s missing » What needs to be updated » What can be withdrawn or sent to circulating stacks » Build collections for new programs and for special libraries (law, medicine, corporate)
  • 13. Collection Development Current Challenges » Budget cuts: fewer sources bought » Dilemma of buying print vs. online » Convenience of format for staff vs. patrons » Fewer collection experts; limited staff time
  • 14. Collection Development 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
  • 15. Teaching and Training » Introduce next generation of reference librarians to reference sources and reference practices » On-the-job training » Differentiate among types of reference sources and their value and use » Communicate nature of information- seeking and reference process
  • 16. Teaching and Training 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
  • 17. Case study: Mathematics Meet the Math editors How the discipline affects their selection of entries in the Guide How they work as a team
  • 18. John Meier  Science Librarian  Penn State University  Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library  Subjects: Math, Statistics, Patents and Trademarks
  • 19. The Guide to Reference Mathematics Section Learn mathematics reference resources rapidly For electronic resources you can be sure of quality and currency of information History and longevity important in mathematics
  • 20. The Accidental Math Librarian ™ In lean budget times, it is more likely that you may gain new subject responsibilities (or additional duties as assigned) in your job As branch libraries close, collections and services for those subjects will move to main libraries and service points.
  • 21. The laboratory of Math is the library
  • 22. Problems in mathematics can remain unsolved for centuries before a proof is discovered. Fermat’s Last Theorem, Poincaré conjecture
  • 23. Looking Forward Math is interdisciplinary, a foundational science Mathematicians are very open about their work and often strong Open Access supporters You don’t have to be a mathematician to be a math librarian
  • 24. Annie Zeidman-Karpinski Science & Technology Services Librarian University of Oregon Science and (separate) Math Libraries Subjects: Math, Computer Science and Human Physiology
  • 25. Working Together
  • 26. Workflow
  • 27. Co-authoring (Zentralblatt MATH) Free version: It will display only three results, but can see the entire entry for those three results – this includes the citation, summary, and the links. They seem to be in chronological order and you can’t change it. You get everything you’d expect for full access, but for only three results. Full, paid version: With the full version, you’ll get more results for your search criteria, but the first three results are in an entirely different order. It’s not immediately obvious how the results are displayed, and it doesn’t allow you to re-sort them without changing your search terms. Although that’s easy enough to do. When we want to confirm a citation, it’s really helpful, even the free version, as we only need one – two results. The reviews seem to be more of a summary and abstract of the article written in easy to understand English. Compared to entries in MathSciNet which tend to be more of a discussion of the arguments in the article.
  • 28. Thanks to John and Annie! Let’s view more features of the Guide
  • 29. Getting involved » Incorporate into LIS assignments » Create public notes » Become an editor – watch for calls » Want to do what John and Annie do?
  • 30. Wrapping up » Sign up for a trial » Subscribe at your library » Special offer for LIS programs » We’ll archive the slides and a video of this webinar sometime next week
  • 31. Q & A » We’ll answer your questions! » Contact us at: » guidetoreference@ala.org » greditor@ala.org
  • 32. Guide to Reference Essentials Webinars » 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

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