Read professional, fair reviews by practicing academic, public, and school librarians and subject-area specialists that will enable you to make the best choices from among the latest reference resources. • Provides reviews of print and electronic resources, showcasing a wide spectrum for users to consider • Presents unbiased evaluations that allow users to make their own decisions on the suitability of a given resource for their patrons' needs • Gives users access to reviews containing critical, relevant, and timely information from librarians and subject-area specialists
With more than 1600 descriptive and evaluative entries, ARBA continues its 26-year tradition as a comprehensive review source for reference works published or distributed in the US. ARBA 95 encompasses the subject spectrum, covering such broad areas as general reference, history, education, economics and business and science and technology. Of special note in this edition is increased coverage of CD-ROM products. More than 350 reviewers provide reviews that cover strengths and weaknesses of the reference works.
**** The annuals, to which this is the index, are cited in Sheehy and BCL3. This five-year index gives access to 8771 reviews of references reviewed in ARBA, volumes 16 through 20. **** American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) is an essential tool, not only for libraries, but for reference book publishers as well (we at Book News would not be without it), and is cited in BCL3, Sheehy, and Walford. This five-year cumulative index provides access by subject, title, and author to reviews of the 9,284 reference works covered in the last five volumes of ARBA. In addition to being used to locate reviews, the index also serves as an anlytical tool for collection evaluation and development and acquisitions. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Search skills of today bear little resemblance to searches through print publications. Reference service has become much more complex than in the past, and is in a constant state of flux. Learning the skill sets of a worthy reference librarian can be challenging, unending, rewarding, and-- yes, fun.
This book is a user-friendly guide for K–12 librarians, teachers, and school library media specialists that covers all major areas in reference, from the reference interview to encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Strauss's latest edition retains its place as an essential text for library students; an indispensable guide for practitioners in public, academic, and special libraries who deal with business inquiries; and a resource for entrepreneurs and business professionals.
Essential for reference work and indispensable for collection development, this book allows librarians to locate the best new works in a given field through its convenient subject arrangement; to consult other published reviews from the citations provided; and to compare price, scope, and coverage of reference books in a particular subject area.
Reflecting the dramatic changes shaped by rapidly developing technologies over the past six years, this new fourth edition of "Reference and Information Services" takes the introduction to reference sources and services significantly beyond the content of the first three editions. In Part I, Concepts and Processes, chapters have been revised and updated to reflect new ideas and methods in the provision of reference service in an era when many users have access to the Web. In Part II, "Information Sources and Their Use," discussion of each source type has been updated to encompass key resources in print and on the Web, where an increasing number of freely available sources join those purchased or licensed by libraries. A number of new authors are contributors to this new edition, bringing to their chapters their experience as teachers of reference and as practitioners in different types of libraries. Discussions of services in Part I integrate digital reference as appropriate to each topic, such as how to conduct a reference interview online using instant messaging. Boxes interspersed in the text are used to present scenarios for discussion, to highlight key concepts, or to present excerpts from important documents. Discussions of sources in Part II place more emphasis on designing effective search strategies using both print and digital resources. The chapter on selection and evaluation of sources addresses the changing nature of reference collections and how to evaluate new types of sources. Each chapter concludes with an updated list of additional readings to guide further study. A new companion website will provide links to Web-accessible readings and resources as well as additional scenarios for discussion and example search strategies to supplement those presented in the text.