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Does Your Library Still Need a Reference Desk?

I've been exploring this issue lately and have been collecting different viewpoints on the pros and cons of eliminating the reference desk. Sometimes it seems the response can depend on the age or generation of those I ask. Boomer librarians seem much more attached to the desk, and have difficulty imagining a library without a reference desk. Younger librarians (and newer librarians of any age) seem more open to the possibility of doing reference work without the desk - possibly using mobile…


Added by StevenB on April 3, 2007 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

Librarians in Student Social Networks

The March 2007 issue of University Business has an article on students and facebook. They interviewed students for the article and some of the interview content was made available. It was interesting that the students seem to be against faculty and administrators (like librarians) having a place in facebook. I wonder if that's a message that we should be more cautious in putting ourselves into these spaces. I'm on… Continue

Added by StevenB on March 17, 2007 at 11:02pm — 4 Comments


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