Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing.Â The ALA Annual meeting was no exception.Â A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?”Â A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference contributors, and wholesalers, organized by Peter Tobey at Salem Press, presented some thoughts and challenges for reference content and reference publishing.Â A summary of these comments is below.Â The panelists included:Â Buffy Hamilton, a teacher/librarian from Creekview H.S. in Canton, GA and blogger at The Unquiet Librarian and 1/4 blogger for Libraries and Transliteracy;Â Sue Polanka (me);Â Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean of the Madden Library, CSU – Fresno;Â Bernadette Low, a frequent contributor to reference content from the Community College of Baltimore City;Â William Taylor, Manager, Continuations iSelect (R) and Standing Orders at Ingram Content Group;Â and Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the U of Minnesota and instructor of a MLIS reference course. Continue reading Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAISâ„¢) is organizing a one-day meeting â€“ Improving the User Search Experience Part I:Â Leveraging Technology, to be held on May 14, 2010 at the Lyrasis Office in Philadelphia, PA, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.Â Virtual attendance is optional for those unable to travel to Philadelphia.
While content itself continues to form the foundation of modern information solutions, the real differentiator is becoming the broader â€œuser experience.â€Â Todayâ€™s information seekers expect a seamless, multi-sensory, interactive – and enjoyable – search experience that is their benchmark for an acceptable information retrieval service.Â Their product loyalty and satisfaction are â€œdriven by a different set of values that goes beyond content and extends to the experience of using that content.â€ Content providers and librarians need to be acutely aware of the overall â€œexperienceâ€ that their products and services provide. Continue reading NFAIS workshop – Improving the User Search Experience
CHICAGOâ€”Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading Booklist launches new reference blog