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Discussion Discussion notes: the Future of Reference

by Linda Crook on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

Unconference, ALA Annual Conference
Friday, July 10, 2009
Discussion period #1, 11:10-12:00
"The Future of Reference"
Led by Linda Crook
Michael Furlong, Rochelle Hartman, Holly Ledvina, Julie Piacentine

Discussion Notes

Unconference, ALA Annual Conference
Friday, July 10, 2009
Discussion period #1, 11:10-12:00
"The Future of Reference"
Led by Linda Crook
Michael Furlong, Rochelle Hartman, Holly Ledvina, Julie Piacentine

Discussion Notes

  • Desk as barrier to service
  • Moveable service points
  • Librarians as consultants
  • Roaming reference + regular desk
  • Ref librarians at circ desk, librarians in stack with tablet pc and headset
  • Ref librarians getting stopped with questions outside of ref area
  • Use of two monitors at the desk, or a two-sided monitor
  • Increase in technical questions
  • We need to totally trash staffing models
  • Library staff a la Walmart greeters
  • People are unwilling to jump
  • Rigid classification
  • Meebo marketing
  • Virtual reference - new challenge for libraries; it will change, but won't go away. Needed.
  • Libguides, e.g.
  • Fewer than 5-10% of patrons use the web
  • Explaining call numbers to students
  • "You need to know that libraries are really hard to use."
  • Incoming students without library skills
  • Will databases play a role in the future of reference?
  • Future of reference is library instruction. We're not reaching everyone we need to
  • 15 minute teaser classes for full-length follow-up LI sessions
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by Meredith Farkas on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 03:24 pm

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