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Managing Reference Today: New Models and Best Practices (Paperback)
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Managing Reference Today: New Models and Best Practices (Paperback)

Paperback 172 Pages / Published: 31/01/2017
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Managing Reference Today: New Models and Practices * highlights newly developed service models used by libraries and ways to handle changing reference collections. * describes new ways to provide reference services and ideas of how to select and manage reference collections. * identifies the best practices for meeting the needs of library users.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780810892217
Number of pages: 172
Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm

This book discusses some alternatives for library administrators and reference staff to consider while figuring out how to best allocate limited resources to achieve the most effective service for their patrons. Here Dr. Cassell, Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, has chapters on the education and training of reference librarians, new ways of offering reference services and utilizing staff, and how the very nature of reference sources influences library operations. She emphasizes the human aspect of the whole issue: how electronic resources can require more individual help, that librarians are mediators and information providers, how we need good communication skills, and the importance of building relationships, collaboration, and partnerships, both within and outside of the institution.... The author provides chapter endnotes to document her sources and helpful charts to summarize the important points of big issues. This very-reasonably-priced book is easy to read and understand and is suitable for circulating collections, for reference classes in library school, and for practitioners wanting to catch up on current thinking. * American Reference Books Annual *
In a culture of up-to-the-minute information, especially in the library world, I was surprised to find an approachable guidebook that made perfect sense. Gray's tone is conversational but efficient and her message remains focused on advising readers to make the most of every moment in their career. The result is a very specific, very current set of practical and attainable guidance for anyone with an open mind... Throughout, the book is filled with many useful tips.... I can confidently recommend Becoming a Powerhouse Librarian. Who wouldn't want to be one? This book is a fantastic reminder to never stop learning and to never think of our jobs as done. * Public Libraries *
Kay Cassel has written a useful primer describing how reference in academic and public libraries has changed since the 19th century, and what current challenges face managers of reference departments. This book will be useful for students and for librarians assuming responsibility for coordinating or managing their library's reference service programs. -- Cynthia A. Johnson, Head of Reference, UC Irvine Libraries
In Managing Reference Today, Cassell provides a broad-ranging and thorough analysis of the state-of-the-art in library reference services. The cogent guidelines and best practices listed throughout will help frontline practitioners and administrators be able to navigate the tidal changes in reference librarianship being stirred by constrained budgets and resources further pressed by consistent or even rising user expectations. It's an excellent guide for moving forward with improvements in reference services. -- Michael J. Miller, Professor and Chief Librarian, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
With this work, Cassell aims to answer the question we're all asking: given the changing information and research landscape, and many emerging technologies, what can we do better or differently with reference services and reference collections? Using the existing literature and real examples from a variety of libraries in each chapter, Cassell presents useful guidelines to help practitioners rethink reference services and collections. As this work is written by a leader in librarianship and in professional education, it is timely, key reading for professionals. -- Karen A. Reiman-Sendi, Director, User Information and Discovery Services, Hatcher Graduate Library North, University of Michigan

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