Guide to Reference Essentials webinar, 02.14.2014

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  • Good afternoon, and thanks for joining us! The Guide to Reference Books served 20th-century librarians through several print editions, and the online version has increased the depth of coverage and the power of the classic brand. Today we’ll touch on some of the philosophy that shapes GR and show how it can help you in your work.
  • [read slide]We will also archive the slides and video of this presentation sometime next week.
  • The Guide to Reference Books was my text in general reference class, and it remains viable today in its online form.
  • LJ named the Guide as Best Database in the Professional Resource category in 2012. We hope this award encourages you to take advantage of the free 60 Day trial after this webinar.
  • The Guide is selective and broad; it includes authoritative sources that are selected and annotated by experts among your peers.
  • The mission of the Guide continues -- to serve 3 primary areas where you can really leverage GR in your work: reference, collection development, and teaching and training within LIS programs and on the job.
  • The first goal is, of course, to support reference work. The Guide is useful for finding sources for answers, for training staff, and for creating lists and guides.
  • Fewer but harder reference questions require an awareness of sources when Google fails our patrons. Print and online are not next to together, and not easily grouped in catalogs, discovery tools, or libguides. My library has seriously weeded the print reference collections in recent years, but I know I can still pinpoint the titles we’ve sent to the stacks through the Guide.
  • [read slide] We’ll see all this when we go live in a moment.
  • Our second goal at Guide to Reference is helping with Collection Development. Use the Guide to help evaluate,build, or weed a reference collection.
  • The Guide can help you make smarter reference purchasing decisions by relying on the experience of other specialists.
  • And because the Guide is online, it’s constantly being updated and it supports linking, notting, and customizing.
  • The third goal of the Guide is to help with teaching and training.The Guide is also a useful tool for on-the-job training to assist all staff in learning and identifying sources. Instructors, please contact us for setting up access. Best of all, we offer long term complimentary access to LIS classes. Instructors, please contact us for setting up access.
  • You can create a range of assignments for your students or trainees based on the Guide.
  • We’ll go live now, and explore the arrangement and features of the Guide.
  • You can become involved with the Guide by…
  • Melissa takes over!
  • We’ll be holding this webinar again in two months so please feel free to join us again and please invite your colleagues.When this webinar is over you will be given a short survey to fill out. Let us know what you think about this webinar—your feedback is important to us.
  • Guide to Reference Essentials webinar, 02.14.2014

    1. 1. Essentials Webinar
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. Who we are Melissa Wood Sales and Marketing Director, ALA Digital Reference James Hennelly Managing Editor, ALA Digital Reference Special Guest Denise Beaubien Bennett General Editor of Guide to Reference
    4. 4. 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. For any technical difficulties, please direct your questions to Dan Kaplan.
    5. 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. 6. 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.
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. Our goal today We’ll show you how to leverage Guide to Reference to support your work in the following areas: » » » Reference Collection development Teaching and training
    9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 informationseeking and reference process
    16. 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. 17. Let’s explore the Guide and its features
    18. 18. Getting involved » » » Incorporate into LIS assignments Create public notes Become an editor – watch for calls
    19. 19. 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
    20. 20. Q&A » We’ll answer your questions! » Contact us at: » guidetoreference@ala.org » greditor@ala.org
    21. 21. 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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