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
Guide to Reference
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
Preface to the 8th edition, 1967
Who we are
Sales and Marketing Director, ALA Digital Reference
Managing Editor, ALA Digital Reference
Denise Beaubien Bennett
General Editor of Guide to Reference
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function at any time during the presentation.
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The premier evaluative
Reflects the accumulated knowledge and
wisdom of the reference community over
Continues to serve as a center for learning
about and practicing reference
Some call it ―the Bible‖ of reference
2012 Best Database
Library Journal named Guide to
Reference as the Best Database in
the Professional Resource Category
This award was based on votes from
librarians, readers of LJ, and
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
Our goal today
We’ll show you how to leverage Guide
to Reference to support your work in
the following areas:
Teaching and training
Direct library users to best and most
authoritative sources for answers
Train and orient new reference staff and
Create subject bibliographies, finding aids,
and instructional materials
Reference questions are fewer but
More questions require subject or content
Print and online reference sources not
housed together for easy scanning
Reference: How the Guide
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
Evaluate your collection:
» What’s missing
» What needs to be updated
» What can be withdrawn or sent to
Build collections for new programs and for
special libraries (law, medicine,
Budget cuts: fewer sources bought
Dilemma of buying print vs. online
Convenience of format for staff vs. patrons
Fewer collection experts; limited staff time
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
Teaching and Training
Introduce next generation of reference
librarians to reference sources and
Differentiate among types of reference
sources and their value and use
Communicate nature of informationseeking and reference process
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
Ask students to create subject guides
Create lists of resources for class projects
Incorporate into LIS assignments
Create public notes
Become an editor – watch for calls
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