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Virtual Reference Shelf

  1. 1. L a u r e n W a l l i s Reference and Instruction Librarian Carmichael Library @ University of Montevallo Building a Virtual Reference Shelf
  2. 2. VRS Overview I III E-ReferenceLit II VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRS Overview I TeachingtheVRS
  3. 3. E-ReferenceLit II VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRS Overview I TeachingtheVRS
  4. 4. E-ReferenceLit II VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRS Overview I TeachingtheVRS
  5. 5. E-ReferenceLit II VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRS Overview I TeachingtheVRS
  6. 6. E-ReferenceLit II VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRS Overview I TeachingtheVRS
  7. 7. E-ReferenceLit II VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRSOverview I TeachingtheVRS
  8. 8. Virtual Reference Shelf Overview 250+ Titles from ORO and GVRL
  9. 9. End Result: A LibGuide page on the library website that organizes reference materials by subject
  10. 10. Virtual Reference Shelf Overview • Generate Title Lists from ORO and GVRL • Train Student Workers on LibGuides • Write “blurbs” for each book • Student Workers produce alphabetical listing I P h a s e 1 P h a s e 2 • Make list of titles by subject • Student Workers add book links and pictures for each subject U p k e e p • Student workers test links periodically • Subscribe to ORO blog for updates on new titles VRSOverview
  11. 11. I “E-Reference books are far from being as visible as their print ancestors.” E-Reference Literature: Design Issues Rolfe 2011 Ramaswamy 2008 “Creating and updating [E-Reference Lists] would be cumbersome, inefficient, and time-intensive.” Is there room for electronic models to coexist in an already saturated market or is standardization inevitable? Roncevic 2006 VRSOverview
  12. 12. I E-Reference Literature: User Experience “Only skilled searchers had the ability to find them.” Ramaswamy 2008 “[E-Reference is] immune to serendipity.” “The widespread availability of general (if not always high-quality) information on the web has marginalized print reference.” Rolfe 2011 Detmerig & Sproles 2012 “A department-wide rethinking of the collection transformed it into a usable, pertinent resource, rather than a sacred cow.” Detmerig & Sproles 2012 E-ReferenceLit II VRSOverview
  13. 13. Information Literacy Instruction With the VRS I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III A C R L I n f o r m a t i o n L i t e r a c y S t a n d a r d s Standard 1: Explore The student determines what information is needed and why. Standard 2: Locate The student effectively locates useful resources. Standard 3: Evaluate The student evaluates information critically and incorporates new information into his/her knowledge base. VRSOverview
  14. 14. Information Literacy Instruction With the VRS G o o g l e m o n s t e r S h o w d o w n • Communication Studies 101 • Four Teams: Google, Google Scholar, Wikipedia, Virtual Reference Shelf • Why is your resource the best place to do research? • Logos, Ethos, Pathos • Share an example IL Standard 3: Evaluate I E-ReferenceLit II Teaching the VRS III VRSOverview
  15. 15. Information Literacy Instruction With the VRS C o n c e p t M a p s • English Composition • Make a concept map • Use VRS to “define” • Search databases I E-ReferenceLit II IL Standard 2: Locate VRSOverview
  16. 16. Information Literacy Instruction With the VRS I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III W i k i l i c i o u s • English Composition • Develop 4-5 criteria for evaluating websites • Use them to evaluate a website and a reference book Team Blueberry Team Grasshopper IL Standards 1 & 3: Locate, Evaluate VRSOverview
  17. 17. I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSMarketing IV Marketing the VRS VRSOverview
  18. 18. Marketing the VRS I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSOverview
  19. 19. Marketing the VRS I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSMarketing IV VRSOverview
  20. 20. I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSMarketing IV Marketing the VRS Lost for words? Searching for meaning? Try the OED!
  21. 21. I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSMarketing IV Assessing the VRS • Libguide Stats • Title Stats? VRSOverview
  22. 22. Future Direcions • Adding 600+ titles from Credo Reference • Teaching the VRS in upper level classes • Specialized VRS for different disciplines • Faculty Outreach • More marketing • Programs in residence halls I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSMarketing IV Assessment V VRSOverview
  23. 23. Questions and Comments Lauren Wallis Reference and Instruction Librarian Unversity of Montevallo lwallis@montevallo.edu @LaurenMWallis I E-ReferenceLit II TeachingtheVRS III VRSMarketing IV Assessment V FutureDirections VI VRSOverview

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