E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts: Issues and Concepts

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Polanka, Sue
IGI Global, Sep 30, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 312 pages
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Without question, reference collections have changed. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift where publishers are focusing on a future with electronic content and full-text interfaces; classic reference sources are being transformed into online interactive products; and the use of print continues to decline. Despite this relentless shift, some libraries cannot afford a complete transformation to e-reference and depend on print and free Web-based sources for added support. Students, however, are turning to search engines and Wikipedia as starting points for their research, leaving vetted content out-of-sight, and consequently, out-of-mind.

E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts consists of over 20 informative chapters by librarians, publishers, and other industry professionals that propose new ideas for reinventing reference collections and interfaces to fit the needs of today’s researchers. The chapters examine the issues of reference context and discoverability in school, public, and academic libraries, as well as within the reference publishing community. Librarians, publishers, and those studying library and information science are the book’s primary audience, but others in the information industry, particularly those with an interest in reference, will find significant value here as well.

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Polanka (head, reference & instruction, Wright State Univ. Libs.; No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries) presents a collection of new pieces by librarians and industry insiders addressing the ... Read full review

Contents

Reference Products and Services
1
The Impact of Electronic Reference Content and Discovery on Publishers
11
The Challenges of Discovering Online ResearchReference Content
19
Section 2
34
An Overview of Trends in Undergraduate Research Practices
35
The Research Habits of Graduate Students and Faculty
46
Hidden Greenlands
61
Online Research without EReference
74
Indexing Scholarly Reference
148
Open Web Capture for Libraries
164
Acquiring Promoting and Using MobileOptimized Library Resources and Services
178
The Semantic Web
199
Hooligans in the Archives
209
Section 5
219
EReference in Public Libraries
220
Changes in Customer Behavior
230

Undergraduate Information Seeking Behavior EReference and Information Literacy in the Social Sciences
83
Section 3
89
Interactive Reference
90
Theory and Practice
104
Medical EReference
116
INFOhio Transforms Content Delivery for PreK12 Students
126
Section 4
136
Discovering Authoritative Reference Material
137
Embedded Librarianship
237
Making an Impact
254
From Gateway Site to Reference Content
261
Compilation of References
268
About the Contributors
283
Index
290
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Sue Polanka is Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, OH. In her 20 years of library service, she has experienced the changing reference environment in public, state, and academic libraries. She has also served on Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board for over ten years and was Chair from 2007 to 2010. She moderates the award–winning eBook blog, No Shelf Required® and edited the 2011 ALA Editions book of the same name, No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @spolanka. [Editor]

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