Advances in Librarianship, Volume 29 (Advances in by Danuta A. Nitecki, Eileen G. Abels

By Danuta A. Nitecki, Eileen G. Abels

Significantly acclaimed in view that its inception, "Advances in Librarianship" remains to be the basic reference resource for advancements within the box of libraries and library technology. Articles released within the serial have gained nationwide prizes, resembling the Blackwell North the United States Scholarship Award for the exceptional 1994 monograph, article, or unique paper within the box of acquisitions, assortment, improvement, and comparable components of source improvement. All components of public, university, college, fundamental and secondary colleges, and distinct libraries are given updated, severe research via specialists engaged within the perform of librarianship, in instructing, and in learn.

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Patrons often have more complex information needs than their initial questions would suggest, and they have an expectation that the librarian will do whatever is necessary to assist them in clarifying the information need and finding appropriate resources. Understanding Information-Seeking: The Public Library Context 25 Reference librarians have to cope with these features of the public’s information-seeking on a daily basis. It would be easy to imagine that many reference librarians would feel quite overwhelmed by the diYculties inherent in filling the public’s information needs, but this generally does not seem to be the case.

In general, it takes a lot of commitment, work and a track record of successful interactions to get readers over their reluctance to approach staV about their reading. Saricks and Brown (1997) comment that ‘‘only when readers have been helped and are made comfortable coming to the desk do we find substantial numbers of readers asking us directly for assistance’’ ( p. 67). Second, as is true for the reference transaction, the readers’ advisory interview can go wrong or be handled poorly by advisory staV.

Examples included causing the reader to see a new perspective, providing a role model for identity, giving courage to make a change, or facilitating a greater understanding of the world (as in the case of reading Freedom at Midnight, a fictional account of the partition of India). Ross’s research demonstrates that, in addition to being entertained, fictional works can indeed be informing for the reader. Moreover, reading for pleasure is not solely confined to fiction, as Shearer (2004) and Ross (2004) both stress.

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