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Societal Transformation and Reference Services in the Academic Library: Theoretical Foundations for Re-envisioning Reference
Library Philosophy and Practice
  • Pamela N. Martin, Utah State University
Document Type
Article
Publisher
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Libraries
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract
This paper draws on theories of societal transformation, specifically the information society and postmodernism, to pinpoint challenges and offer concrete advice for re-envisioning reference services in the academic library, including traditional reference work and formal library instruction. Rather than acting as experts to whom all patrons should defer, reference librarians should serve as helpful guides and fellow explorers of the information universe.
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Originally published by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Libraries. Originally published online through the Library Philosophy and Practice journal.
Citation Information
Martin, Pamela. 2009. "Societal Transformation and Reference Services in the Academic Library: Theoretical Foundations for Re-envisioning Reference." Library Philosophy and Practice, May. http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/pamelamartin.htm.