February 2010 marks the first appearance of Reference Update on Bibliofile, with the following articles:
- Have you seen a * on Proquest?
- Browse Canterbury’s art past online
- Digitised primary resources for NCEA
From now on, we’ll revert to the tradition of asking for contributions from the network. Editorial oversight of Reference Update content will remain with the Info Centre team.
We look forward to delivering Reference Update in this new way and eagerly anticipate receiving your contributions be they triumphant tales of reference encounters across the desk, tips and gems, book reviews or professional reading
Why the change?
Towards the end of 2009 we surveyed network colleagues to find out how many people read Reference Update and what they do with the information. We also asked colleagues for comments and suggestions about content and format.
125 people in a wide cross section of library roles participated in the survey. The readership statistics were gratifying:
- 73% of respondents always read Reference Update online
- 70% sometimes read all of it.
- 10.4% of respondents never read it.
Your comments and suggestions
Most of the comments were favourable and the general message received was that colleagues like Reference Update and want it to continue. Some respondents cited lack of time and the amount it takes to read longer articles as reasons for either not reading it or reading only some of it.
There were several good suggestions that people made, for example:
- Could Reference Update be indexed?
- Could it be applied to training?
- Could there be a more obvious link to it on the Intranet?
- Could it be formatted to be read outside the workplace?
Time for a change of format?
The Libraries’ web editor suggested that we publish Reference Update on the Bibliofile blog to achieve the kind of benefits that people want but which the old PDF format couldn’t provide. Reference Update, the blog, can deliver these benefits:
- It can be read anywhere inside or outside the Library
- We can add tags and categories for quick reference to past articles
- We can arrange a slow release of Reference Update posts over a month; this would allow readers more time to read longer articles
- Readers will be able to comment on posts, thus creating a dialogue amongst information delivery colleagues
Reference Update 2010 February