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- DescriptionTo compete today, librarians need to t only provide old services in new ways but also to provide new services. Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age re-imagines reference services in libraries and information organizations and the role of reference librarians, taking into account rapid developments in techlogy and information-specific services in n-library sectors. It traces the history of techlogy adoption for reference services, describes competitive pressures facing reference services, identifies untapped opportunities for reference services and librarians, details invative and creative solutions for energizing the profession and engaging library user communities, and prescribes means to evaluating techlogies for reference services. This book: * Includes current and unique examples of invative reference services to serve as inspiration and launching points for readers. * Offers contemporary management theory and practice from outside of the field of LIS to offer readers a guide for initiating, leading, and managing change in their organizations. * Outlines the processes of environmental scanning and SWOT analysis, which are important practices for keeping abreast of changes in the field and positioning an organization to make the most of their opportunities and to minimize threats. Repositioning Reference may be used as a textbook by LIS educators whose courses and learning experiences prepare aspiring librarians to lead the reference revolution and by practicing librarians in diverse settings who want to be change agents.
- Author BiographyLaura Saunders is an assistant professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches in the areas of user instruction, reference, intellectual freedom, and academic libraries. Her research interests include information literacy, assessment, and social justice aspects of information access and literacy. Lillian Rozaklis is an independent consultant in user research, learning analytics, and information services, with prior roles as a reference librarian in public libraries and as a research analyst in higher education. She received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. Eileen G. Abels is dean and professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her primary teaching areas are reference, business information, and special libraries. Her research interests include information access, the future of libraries, and the future of library and information science education.
- Author(s)Eileen G. Abels,Laura Saunders,Lillian Rozaklis
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication20/11/2014
- SubjectLibrary & Information Science
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight367 g
- Width162 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine17 mm
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