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Reference collections current issues

  1. 1. The Future of Reference CollectionsSandy Chambers GallipeauLIS 9315Collection DevelopmentJuly 31, 2012 reference-books.html
  2. 2. Agenda• Reference Collection• Purpose• Issues• Future
  3. 3. Reference Collection• Dictionaries• Encyclopedias• Thesaurus• Indexes• Style manuals• Directories• Periodical
  4. 4. Purpose• Find information quickly and efficiently• Definition, spelling, word origin• Brief information as a starting point• Keywords for search terms• Geographical information such as location, population, industry
  5. 5. Issues• Users want electronic, decrease in print• Cannot maintain electronic and print• Print collections Neglected Not adequately weeded Stagnated no longer relevant Don’t know it is there
  6. 6. Issues• Access to electronic collections Academic Libraries High speed internet connection Students Distance, commuter Accessibility accommodations Alumni• Public Libraries Canadian Government cut funding to the Community Access Program (CAP) May 2012
  7. 7. Reference Collection Development Policy• Most libraries don’t have a policy• Less in-depth, more general language• Interdisciplinary approach to weeding and collecting the reference collection (King, 2012) Format new acquisitions, paper or electronic or both Location for new acquisitions reference collection general stacks
  8. 8. Reference Services• Once staffed almost entirely by professional librarians”• Bibliographic instruction or Information Literacy
  9. 9. Marketing and Promotion• Most libraries need to do a better job at marketing their collection• More effective promotion and better wayfinding to the collection
  10. 10. Examples• Toronto Reference Library• University of Guelph• University of Waterloo
  11. 11. Questions? Thank you
  12. 12. BibliographyBibliographyCharlton, C. (2012, May 31). 41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION. Retrieved May 2012, from Parliament of Canada: s=1Detmering, R., & Sproles, C. (2012). Reference in transition: A case study in reference. Collection Building, 31 (1), 19 - 22.East, J. W. (2010). The rolls royce of the library reference collection. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 50 (2), 162- 169.Francis, M. (2012). Weeding the reference collection: A case study. The Reference Librarian, 53 (2), 219 - 234.King, N. (2012). Nice vs. necessary: Reference collections in ARL member libraries. The Reference Librarian, 53 (2), 138–155.Kurhan, S. H., & Griffing, E. A. (2011). Horse racing at the library: How one library system increased the usage of some of its online databases. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 23 (2), 150 - 161.Smith, D. A., & Oliva, V. T. Becoming a renaissance reference librarian in academe: Attitudes toward generalist and subject specific reference and related profession development. Reference Services Review, 38 (1), 125 - 151.Tyckoson, D. A. (2011). Issues and trends in the management of reference services: A historical perspective. Journal of Library Administration, 51 (3), 259 - of Guelph Library of Toronto Public LibraryUCLA Library and used with permission