Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Reference Books Bulletin: Is Print Reference Dead?


Reasons why print is dying:

  • Catalog information for p-titles is limited to title in most cases
    e-ref is very browsable online--TOC, indexes, etc.

  • Preferences of contemporary users who expect 24/7 access, searchability, full text delivery.

  • P-content is invisible

  • Print indexes are too hard to use

  • MLS/MLIS students are not required to take reference. Most get out of school with only one (or fewer) ref classes

  • Print is....print. E-resources offer interactivity and multimedia. Many resources are dynamic and frequently updated

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