Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides

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Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides. By Jason Puckett. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 143 p. Paper $42.00 (ISBN 978-0838988176)

Many libraries offer some type of online research guides to their patrons, and large academic libraries in particular rely on online guides to make their holdings accessible to undergraduate students. In theory, online research guides have the potential to be superior instruction and outreach tools. In practice, however, many online guides do not receive much use, leading some librarians to question whether staff time and skills might be better used elsewhere. In this slim and readable work, Puckett argues that low use is most likely tied to lack of usability, and he advises librarians to simplify their guides if they want them to be helpful to students. Throughout this book, Puckett follows his own advice about simplicity, presenting his readers with succinct, well-organized chapters that define core instructional design and web usability concepts in plain language and explain how these concepts should be incorporated into research guides. Readers are never left to wonder about the relevance of any concept addressed in this book, nor does any part of the book feel esoteric or extraneous. Librarians with instructional and web design backgrounds will already be familiar with much of what is covered in this book. However, Puckett's ideas serve as a good reinforcement of knowledge and practices used in face-to-face teaching and remind librarians that the techniques they use in the classroom can be applied to help them create better research guides. …

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