Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library

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Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library. By Leslie S. J. Farmer. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. 196 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-8718-3).

School librarians who would like to improve or revamp their reference materials, reference area, and reference practices will find a wealth of information in this book. Farmer takes the reader through many different aspects of reference and information services (RIS), including today's school library, community needs, information behaviors at different ages and levels of maturity, collection development, physical access, reference interviews, legal considerations, and management issues. The book exhibits a natural progression, starting with a needs assessment and progressing to collection development (both physical and virtual) and ongoing management of the library's reference services. Farmer includes information to consider when working with various ages and special populations and provides a wealth of sources that support librarians and librarianship.

The beginning of the book provides an overview of what information gathering looks like for today's K-12 students. Farmer also defines the terms included in RIS and provides questions to guide a needs assessment. …

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