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Reference and Information Services, 3rd edition

Dec 2012 | 534pp

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9781856048392
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Reference and Information Services, 3rd edition
An introduction

Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath

This fully updated edition of the landmark textbook by Cassell and Hiremath is designed to complement every introductory library reference course and is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge.

Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources and special topics in reference provide the basics you want with fresh insight you need on new issues in reference services and technology, including website development and maintenance, RSS feeds, social networking, and delivering reference services across multiple platforms. The companion website features new readings for each chapter and information about changes in reference tools described in these pages, as well as important new ones.

As we enter a changing climate for all information services professionals, this book provides the tools you need to manage the ebb and flow of changing reference services in the 21st century.

Guided by a national advisory board of educators and practitioners comprised of Marie L. Radford, Anita Ondrusek, Cheryl Knott Malone, and Stephanie Maata, this text expertly keeps up with new technologies and practices while still grounding you in the basics of reference work.

PART 1: FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS

1. Introduction to Reference and Information Services

  • Ethics
  • Kinds of information service
  • Selecting and evaluating print and electronic resources
  • Creating and finding tools and websites
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Evaluating staff and services
  • The changing nature of reference
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

2. Determining the Question: In-Person, Telephone, and Virtual Reference Interviews

  • Why do the reference review?
  • What we know about the reference interview
  • Conducting the reference interview
  • Problematic strategies in the reference interview
  • The telephone interview
  • Answering questions virtually
  • RUSA guidelines - an integrated approach
  • Cultural differences
  • Improving our skills
  • A look ahead
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

3. Finding the Answer: Basic Search Techniques

  • Tools of the answering trade
  • Types of answers
  • Common pitfalls in reference answering
  • Raison d'etre: finding the answers
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

PART 2: INTRODUCTION TO MAJOR REFERENCE SOURCES

4. Answering Questions about Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Libraries and Publishing, and Bibliographic Networks: Bibliographic Resources

  • Overview
  • Major bibliographic resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

5. Answering Questions about Anything and Everything: Encyclopedias

  • Overview
  • Major encyclopaedic resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

6. Answering Questions That Require Handy Facts: Ready Reference Sources

  • Overview
  • Major ready reference resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

7. Answering Questions about Words: Dictionaries, Concordances, and Manuals

  • Overview
  • Major dictionaries used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Final thoughts
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

8. Answering Questions about Events and Issues, Past and Present: Databases (and Indexes)

  • Overview
  • Major databases used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Final thoughts
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

9. Answering Questions about Health, Law, and Business: Special Guidelines and Sources

  • Overview
  • Major health resources used in reference work
  • Major legal resources used in reference work
  • Major business resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

10. Answering Questions about Geography, Countries, and Travel: Atlases, Gazetteers, Maps, Geographic Information Systems, and Travel Guides

  • Overview
  • Major geographic information resources resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

11. Answering Questions about the Lives of People: Biographical Information Sources

  • Overview
  • Major biographical resources resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

12. Answering Questions about Government and Related Issues: Government Information Sources

  • Overview
  • Major government publication resources resources used in reference work
  • Collection development and maintenance
  • Further consideration
  • Recommended resources discussed in this chapter
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

PART 3: SPECIAL TOPICS IN REFERENCE AND INFORMATION WORK

13. When and How to Use the Internet as a Reference Tool

  • The facts
  • The puzzle
  • The solution
  • Nature of internet reference
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

14. Readers' Advisory Services - Cindy Orr

  • Introduction
  • History of Reader's Advisory Service
  • Current status and importance of RA
  • Nuts and bolts - the Readers' Advisory interview
  • Common mistakes and best practices
  • Key works and tolls for Readers' Advisory
  • Indirect RA
  • Keeping current
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

15. Reference Sources and Services for Children and Young Adults - Meghan Harper

  • Introduction
  • History and overview of reference services for youth in America
  • Types of reference service transactions for youth in libraries
  • Communication in reference service
  • Digital reference service
  • Evaluating reference services to youth
  • Managing reference services for youth
  • The future of reference services for youth
  • Recommended core reference collection resources
  • Bibliography and works cited

16. Information Literacy in the Reference Department

  • Standards for information literacy
  • Approaches to information literacy
  • Information literacy by type of library
  • Social and ethical uses of information
  • One-on-one instruction
  • Information literacy in a classroom setting
  • Impact of new technology on the teaching of information literacy
  • Assessment and evaluation of information literacy
  • Information-seeking behaviour
  • Further consideration
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

PART 4: DEVELOPING AND MANAGING REFERENCE COLLECTIONS AND SERVICES

17. Selecting and Evaluating Reference Materials

  • Identifying, selecting and evaluating new reference materials
  • Management of the reference budget
  • Ongoing assessment of reference collection
  • Weeding the reference collection
  • Writing a reference collection development policy
  • Promoting and marketing reference materials to library users
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

18. Ethics in Reference - Angela Ecklund

  • Our professional codes of ethics
  • Service ethics (aka doing a good job0
  • Equitable access to information
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Copyright and intellectual property rights
  • Intellectual freedom and human rights
  • Bibliography and works cited

19. Managing Reference Departments

  • Of car designs and learning styles
  • Organizing reference departments
  • Organizing staff
  • Managing service delivery
  • New roles
  • Further consideration
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

20. Assessing and Improving Reference Services

  • Why assess
  • What to assess
  • How to assess
  • Acting on assessments
  • Ongoing assessments: an imperative
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

21. Reference 2.0

  • Changing vocabulary attests to changing times
  • What is the 2.0 Universe?
  • Cooperative content creation
  • Social networking
  • Customization
  • Seamlessness
  • Concluding remarks: The Tree of 2.0 Knowledge
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

22. The Future of Information Service

  • New ways of doing business - Reference 2.0
  • Providing new materials and formats
  • Providing new service models
  • What will librarians do? Competencies needed
  • Planning the future
  • What will the future of reference look like?
  • Does reference have a future
  • Recommendations for further reading
  • Bibliography and works cited

"Different groups of readers will use the book in different ways. The comprehensiveness of its content may help new instructors to define the scope of a course on reference services, clarify the content of the course sections and design assignments. Library school students will benefit from reading the book cover-to-cover, and the most diligent of them will remember it as an important component of their education. Library practitioners are most likely to see the publication of a new edition as evidence of the continuing importance of reference services and, depending on their experience, will appreciate the concrete sections on answering reference questions, the discussion of reference practices in the technological context and some of the philosophical issues related to the reference librarian’s work. The book is an irreplaceable source that can be recommended as an essential item for any library’s professional collection."
- Collection Building

Kay Ann Cassell is a Lecturer and Director of the MLIS Program in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. 

Uma Hiremath is Executive Director at the Ames Free Library, Massachusetts.

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