RAIS Roundup October 3

October 3, 2011 Comments Off on RAIS Roundup October 3

Below are some links to some recent found-in-databases articles on the topic of reference services or eBooks in libraries. If you’re an ALIA member you can get access to them via the LIS journals subscription. 

The latest issue (Fall 2011, Vol. 51, Iss. 1) of Reference & User Services Quarterly is now available. This issue includes:

Best Free Reference Sites: Thirteenth Annual List
Situated questions and answers: Responding to library users with QR codes 

Other articles available in different journals include:

Herther, N. (2011, September). 21st-Century Lending Libraries: Books in a Cloud? Searcher, 19(7), 12-15,48-51.

One of the clear hallmarks of ebooks has been the expansion of consumer options. . . . Choice is wonderful, but sometimes trying to serve these markets, with so much ongoing change in the book world, can be very challenging.

 Gilson, T. (2011, September). Reference Services TODAY And TOMORROW. Searcher, 19(7), 32-35. 

Today’s patrons want reference service to be available when they need it and do not want to be limited to a single location where services are provided only or primarily to those who make the effort to visit. Users expect more personalized and customized attention and want services to be accessible online as well as in person. Services need to be designed and tailored to meet these expectations.

Foasberg, N. (2011). Adoption of E-Book Readers among College Students: A Survey. Information Technology and Libraries, 30(3), 108-128. 

To learn whether e-book readers have become widely popular among college students, this study surveys students at one large, urban, four-year public college. The survey asked whether the students owned e-book readers and if so, how often they used them and for what purposes. Thus far, uptake is slow; a very small proportion of students use e-readers. These students use them primarily for leisure reading and continue to rely on print for much of their reading. Students reported that price is the greatest barrier to e-reader adoption and had little interest in borrowing e-reader compatible e-books from the library.

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