Going Out of Bounds with Reference Services

Title: Going Out of Bounds with Reference Services
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Where: Online

Amigos Members: Admission is free!

Reference librarianship has transformed from standard "behind-the-desk" reference to roving reference, to virtual reference, and finally beyond the library walls. As part of this evolution, libraries have begun integrating reference services into other library and community services, bringing reference services directly to the need. Whether through innovative programming, bringing librarians out of the library, or incorporating librarians from all specialties into library work, libraries have sought to embed reference into their communities.

During this February 11 online conference, we will discover how libraries have embedded reference services into their communities, bringing information assistance to information seekers in unique ways. In this line, David Shumaker will kick off the morning with a keynote titled "The New Rules of Library Services." Shumaker is Clinical Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His 2012 book, The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It’s Needed, was termed "a must read for every librarian" by Maureen Sullivan. In his keynote, he will outline the nature of the changes taking place and share some ideas about what we'll need to include in the new rules for the next era of library services.

Does your library host unique reference programming? Do you hold one-on-one reference services or office hours? Has your library made attempts to reach nontraditional students or populations by venturing out into the community, dorm or office? If so, we would like you to share your experience. In this online conference, we are striving to offer a variety of experiences, including public, academic, and special libraries. Each session will run 45 minutes.

For more information about this conference, contact Kyla Hunt, hunt@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2867.