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Jackie Mardikian

Library management is struggling to improve productivity without reducing the quality of service to its users. With downsizing continuing to be a trend, the implementation…

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Library management is struggling to improve productivity without reducing the quality of service to its users. With downsizing continuing to be a trend, the implementation of self‐checkout circulation systems may be an important technological investment for libraries to consider. In most large academic institutions, such circulation functions as checking out and renewing library materials have traditionally been performed by staff members. The climate may, however, be right to rethink the mode of service delivery systems and shift from providing full‐service to self‐service models, whereby the patron takes responsibility for checking out his or her own library materials.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Jackie Mardikian and Martin Kesselman

The changing reference environment and reference staffing have been the topic of several articles in the library literature, discussions at the American Library…

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The changing reference environment and reference staffing have been the topic of several articles in the library literature, discussions at the American Library Association conferences and a recent conference offered twice by Library Solutions Inc. of Berkeley, California, entitled Rethinking Reference. Libraries are looking closely at the model at Brandeis University of eliminating the reference desk and replacing it with an information desk with research consultations with librarians taking place in an office. Larry Oberg urges librarians to stop thinking of the reference desk as a key reason for being a librarian. He contends that paraprofessionals can and do perform well at a reference desk, freeing librarians to concentrate on higher‐level tasks. These discussions and examples demonstrate a variety of solutions academic libraries have taken regarding the changing face of reference, and the evolving roles of reference librarians in moving towards the electronic library. The electronic library brings us new options and new opportunities and as a result librarians need to develop new ways of thinking and organizing reference services.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 23 no. 1
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ISSN: 0090-7324

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C. Edward Wall, Timothy W. Cole and Michelle M. Kazmer

During 1994, Pierian Press began experimenting with the integration of the concepts and respective strengths of both Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and MARC…

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During 1994, Pierian Press began experimenting with the integration of the concepts and respective strengths of both Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and MARC. These experiments were driven by pragmatism and self‐interest. Pierian Press publishes classified, analytical bibliographies—classical knowledge constructs—which the press and its authors would like to make available for loading on local library systems so that they can function as “maps” unto that subset of literature the respective bibliographies encompass.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Nina K. Stephenson and Linda St. Clair

Reference librarians in today's academic libraries are typically confronted with a growing array of simultaneous demands. Strained financial resources, staffing shortages…

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Reference librarians in today's academic libraries are typically confronted with a growing array of simultaneous demands. Strained financial resources, staffing shortages, the challenge of adding new services, the explosion of information, and the electronic revolution have complicated (and sometimes compromised) the delivery of quality services. In response to many universities' growing commitment to offer nontraditional degree programs, reference staff are also assuming more responsibility for night and weekend instruction.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 24 no. 3
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ISSN: 0090-7324

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Ans Bleeker, Ingeborg A.S. Tjiam and Aloysius C.W. Volkers

The paper describes an evaluation of six months' use of Medline on CD‐ROM from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) by end users. The results of a questionnaire indicate…

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The paper describes an evaluation of six months' use of Medline on CD‐ROM from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) by end users. The results of a questionnaire indicate that end users are enthusiastic both about using the CD‐ROM and about the citations they have retrieved. During the course of the evaluation the necessity for library staff to instruct end users in storing and retrieving downloaded citations becomes increasingly apparent, to which purpose an electronic cardbox and additional software is introduced.

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Online Review, vol. 12 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-314X

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Hannelore B. Rader

The following is an annotated list of materials dealing with information literacy including instruction in the use of information resources, research, and computer skills…

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The following is an annotated list of materials dealing with information literacy including instruction in the use of information resources, research, and computer skills related to retrieving, using, and evaluating information. This review, the twenty‐second to be published in Reference Services Review, includes items in English published in 1995. After 21 years, the title of this review of the literature has been changed from “Library Orientation and Instruction” to “Library Instruction and Information Literacy,” to indicate the growing trend of moving to information skills instruction.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 24 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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