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Location‐based recommendation services in library book stacks

Jim Hahn (University of Illinois Urbana‐Champaign, Undergraduate Library, Urbana, Illinois, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 15 November 2011



This paper seeks to suggest a model for location‐based recommendation services that enable greater access to print and electronic resources.


The paper takes the form of a synthesis of previous work in basic and applied collections‐based wayfinding incorporating library and information science (LIS) literature on user context and system recommendations.


The paper identifies problems that will need to be solved before implementation of the production‐level recommendation service and suggests possible implications the system may have on reference and instruction services.


The paper provides computing workflows necessary to implement a library recommendation service based on user location. iPhone Software Developer Kit templates are leveraged for modeling data and interface prototypes. Use cases and user models are developed.



Hahn, J. (2011), "Location‐based recommendation services in library book stacks", Reference Services Review, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 654-674.



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