IGI Advances in Library Information Science Newsletter Featuring E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts

Check out IGI Global’s ALIS newsletter featuring E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts edited by Sue Polanka; I am proud to be a contributor to this book and to have my chapter highlighted in the newsletter!

Check out the overview of the book from IGI Global:

There is a paradigm shift in progress in library reference collections. 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. Still, some libraries cannot afford a complete transformation to e-reference and depend on print and free web-based sources for added support. Search engines and Wikipedia have become the starting point for most student research, leaving vetted content out-of-reach and out-of-sight. But studies show that students struggle with information overload and a lack of context from general web searching. Reference provides the context they need but is difficult to discover in an online environment. These factors elicit many questions: What will become of reference collections in public, academic, and school libraries? How do librarians and reference publishers make e-reference content more discoverable? Are they doing enough to meet the changing needs of today’s researchers? E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries provides an in-depth analysis of these issues and offers solutions to help vetted reference sources remain an integral part of the research process.

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