Reading and the Reference Librarian: The Importance to Library Service of Staff Reading Habits

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Reference librarians are no longer expected to know much about the information they find; they are merely expected to find it. Technological competency rather than knowledge has become the order of the day. In many respects, reference service has become a matter of typing search terms into a library's online catalog or a web search engine and providing the patron with the results of the search. Calling for a re-intellectualization of reference librarianship, this book suggests another approach to providing quality reference service--reading. The authors surveyed both academic reference librarians and public library reference personnel in the United States and Canada about their reading habits. From the 950 responses, the authors present findings about the extent to which librarians read newspapers, periodicals, fiction and nonfiction, and recount and analyze stories about how reading has made them better librarians. The authors also report that North American professors in the humanities and social sciences believe that the best reference librarians are those who have wide-ranging, subject-based knowledge as opposed to the type of process-based, functional knowledge that is increasingly dominating the curricula of many Library and Information Science programs.

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Juris Dilevko is an associate professor at the University of Toronto. In addition to his books about librarianship, his writings have appeared in American Studies, Journal of Information Ethics, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, and Reference & User Services Quarterly, among other publications. Lisa Gottlieb is a graduate of Wellesley College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, American Studies, Library Quarterly, and other journals.

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"a thoughtful and critically informative look"--Midwest Book Review; "interesting and important. This book is a page turner"--Catholic Library World; "detailed...required reading...valuable...extensive body of very detailed information...outstanding"--LISR: Science Direct; "thought-provoking...informative...authors' solid, sensitive research and revelant treatment of its subject qualifies this book as an important new primary resource...the rigor of the authors' scholarship is evident"--Colorado Libraries; "one of the most remarkable and thought provoking texts on reference librarianship to have been published in the past few years...well done...articulate and insightful...fascinating...interesting...important and worthwhile"--Library & Information Science Research.

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