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

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

Sue Polanka (Wright State University, USA)
Release Date: September, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 312
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-308-9
ISBN13: 9781613503089|ISBN10: 1613503083|EISBN13: 9781613503096
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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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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Discovering Authoritative Reference Material
  • Effective Mobile Content Delivery
  • Embedded Librarianship
  • Indexing Scholarly Content
  • Medical E-Reference
  • Mobile-Optimized Library Resources and Services
  • Open Web Capture for Libraries
  • Reference Products and Services
  • Role of Bibliographies in Research
  • Trends in Undergraduate Research
Reviews and Testimonials

"It will be of great value to Against the Grain's audience, as it instructs, prepares, and provides readers with the knowledge and understanding of discoverability and e-reference as a means of bringing vetted reference sources directly to researchers."

- ATG Book of the Week,

– Against the Grain, October 24, 2011

Librarians, publishers, and others concerned with reference information, explore ways to harmonize reference services at libraries with the resources now available and with the approaches and techniques that researchers are now using. They cover the changing landscape of electronic reference, the value of information literacy in research, the design and delivery of reference content, solutions for electronic reference discovery, and case studies.

– SciTech Book News, Book News Inc., December 2011

The materials presented in this work will benefit any librarian or future librarian as the electronic world integrates more and more with the traditional library services offered.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual, Volume 43

This book 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. [...] More than anything, this collection of essays, written by information professionals, offers readers an opportunity to think about the future of reference, to explore their own choices, and to act on the ideas that best fit the new generation of researchers they serve.

– Sue Polanka, Wright State University, USA

The editor of this collection, Sue Polanka, is to be commended for putting together a treasury of knowledge on subjects of interest to librarians in many settings: school libraries, large research libraries, college libraries, public libraries, special libraries, and archives. This book should be a required text in library science programs.[...]this book has a fine collection of chapters on a diversity of very relevant and timely topics for all kinds of librarians who have to deal with the changing world of e-reference, and it is a credit to the many, many hours put into it by its editor and contributors.

– Hope Leman, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, USA
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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.
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  • Barbara Bibel, Oakland Public Library 
  • Emilie Delquie, Publishers Communication Group
  • James Galbraith, DePaul University 
  • Rolf Janke , SAGE Inc. 
  • Sara Kelly Johns, Lake Placid Schools 
  • Jackie LaPlaca, Credo Reference 
  • Deb Lenares, Wellesley College
  • Piper Martin, Wright State University Libraries 
  • Jack O’Gorman, University of Dayton
  • Rebecca Seger, Oxford University Press
  • Kathryn Reynolds, Wright State University Libraries
  • Dave Tyckoson , California State University at Fresno