CARL-DIG: Leading the Way: Innovative Reference Models
The California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group South (CARLDIG-S) will host a discussion session that will explore the variations on reference models currently being used by academic libraries in California. In recent years, the trend in reference services has been to move away from the traditional reference desk and implement alternative desk and service models. CARLDIG-S is currently surveying academic librarians across the state regarding their reference service points. As part of our discussion session we will disseminate the survey results to attendees and invite presenters that have started a new service point for reference and experienced the transition between models. In order to compare various reference models, speakers will be invited to represent differing models, including no reference desk, librarian office consultations, and service points at offsite locations. Presenters will facilitate discussions and hands-on activities to prompt attendees to think about how a particular model would apply to their libraries and what would be required to implement said model. Attendees will be encouraged during the session to share their own experiences with differing reference models and become informed of the current state of “reference as place” within academic libraries in California. Presenters will be finalized after our fall program in December 2013.
CARLDIG South is an interest group of the California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL). We hold meetings and programs to discuss current reference issues.