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Discussion Notes from Discussion Forum "What Should be the Future of Reference Education for Librarians?" ALA Annual 2015

by Jason Coleman on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 11:02 am

I have attached the notes I took during the discussion forum "What should be the future of reference education for librarians?" Michelle Holschuh Simmons' slides are online at http://bit.ly/1FHnjzQ

Online Doc Minutes Landing Page

by Jason Coleman on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 01:02 pm

Use this as a landing page for uploading minutes.  Simply click on the Edit tab, then scroll down to Add File Attachments (below).  We will collect minutes here.

 

Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #7: What are the implications for students who intend to work in reference who graduate library school without a practicum or internship or equivalent experience?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:56 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

What are the implications for students who intend to work in reference who graduate library school without a practicum or internship or equivalent experience? How should a lack of practical experience be addressed in library school if there is no practicum or internship?

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Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #6: For reference education, what can we as a profession do to provide students with a balance between theory and practice? For example, how can we provide and advocate for more reference practicums and internships?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:55 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

For reference education, what can we as a profession do to provide students with a balance between theory and practice? For example, how can we provide and advocate for more reference practicums and internships? What other information service opportunities might contribute to that experience?

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Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #5: How has reference education been impacted by the increase in online education in library schools?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:54 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

How has reference education been impacted by the increase in online education in library schools?

Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #4: How should reference educators make decisions about what skills and information to present in their courses? For example, to what extent should they consider where reference fits into the user experience?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:53 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

 How should reference educators make decisions about what skills and information to present in their courses? For example, to what extent should they consider where reference fits into the user experience?

More...

Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #3: What qualities should library managers seek when they hire librarians who will provide reference service?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:52 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

 What qualities should library managers seek when they hire librarians who will provide reference service?

Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #2: What changes should library schools make to the way they prepare future librarians for reference work?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:51 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

What changes should library schools make to the way they prepare future librarians for reference work?

Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Discussion Question #1: What reference skills and knowledge, if any, should be taught in library schools today? How should these be taught?

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 04:49 pm

We will pose this question during our discussion forum at ALA Annual. The forum is titled What Should be The Future of Reference Education for Librarians (see http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29464). 

If you will not be there or if you would like to share your thoughts in advance, please feel free to do so here. 

 

What reference skills and knowledge, if any, should be taught in library schools today? How should these be taught?

Event What Should be the Future of Reference Education for Librarians? A Discussion Forum

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Should library schools still strive to prepare new librarians to provide reference help? If so, what skills and knowledge should they teach and how should they teach it? What qualities should library managers seek when the hire librarians who will provide reference service? If these questions intrigue you, come and join the discussion! We will begin with a short presentation to kick-start the discussion and then break up into small groups to share ideas. Sponsored by the RSS Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee

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To identify and study issues relating to the education and professional development of reference librarians and library support staff; to encourage and promote effective professional development and training; to monitor, evaluate and promote the development of library school curricula for the preparation of reference librarians.

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