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  • Retaining Relevance

    1. 1. Retaining Relevance: A Vision for Reference Services Humanities Reference Librarian Interview June 11, 2007 Mississippi State University
    2. 2. Library Trends <ul><li>Decrease of reference desk walk-ups </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in use of print reference services </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in reliance on Google and Wikipedia </li></ul>
    3. 3. Retaining Relevance <ul><li>Physical Space </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>
    4. 4. Physical Space <ul><li>Combination help desks </li></ul><ul><li>Comfy, inviting study space </li></ul><ul><li>Cafe with television </li></ul><ul><li>Information Commons </li></ul>
    5. 5. Technology <ul><li>Virtual Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Course Management </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Software </li></ul><ul><li>Online/Interactive Instruction Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Troubleshooting skills </li></ul>
    6. 6. Instruction <ul><li>One-on-one instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Out-of-library presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Online Subject Guides and Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Orientations/Getting to know the librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specific instruction sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Technology classes and workshops </li></ul>
    7. 7. Collaboration <ul><li>Working with faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Working with university departments </li></ul><ul><li>Working with administration </li></ul>
    8. 8. Outreach <ul><li>Student Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Student and Faculty Orientations </li></ul><ul><li>Friends of the Library </li></ul><ul><li>Go To Where the Students Are </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Campus Events </li></ul>
    9. 9. Research <ul><li>Read It and Write It </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>New Technology </li></ul><ul><li>New Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Public Services </li></ul>
    10. 10. Credits <ul><li>Carlson, Scott. “Are Reference Desks Dying Out?” The Chronicle of Higher Education 53, no. 33 (April 20, 2007): 37. </li></ul><ul><li>Hisle, W. Lee. “Reference Questions in the Library of the Future.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 52, no. 6 (Sep 30, 2005): 6. </li></ul><ul><li>Bradford, Jane. “Reference Service in the Digital Age: An Analysis of Sources Used to Answer Reference Questions.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 31, no. 3 (May 2005): 263-272. </li></ul><ul><li>Lee, Deborah. “Research Consultations: Enhancing Library Research Skills.” The Reference Librarian , no 85 (2004): 169-180. </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes, Newkirk and Gail Peyton. “Reaching Out to the Net Generation on Campus: Promoting the MSU Libraries in the Residence Halls.” Public Services Quarterly 2, no. 4 (2006): 47-68. </li></ul><ul><li>Stevens, Christy. “Beyond Preaching to the Choir: Information Literacy, Faculty Outreach, and Disciplinary Journals.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 33, no. 2 (March 2007): 254-267. </li></ul>
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