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Rejuvenating Reference Services for 21 Century Learning

This guide supplements Merrimack College's McQuade Librarians' 5/19/12 ACRL/NEC Spring 2012 presentation.


Like those at so many other institutions, McQuade Library’s reference services were at a crossroads.  With the design of a 21st century commons on its building’s first floor, a growing demand for varied information literacy instruction solutions, a decline in traditional reference statistics, and a small reference staff, Merrimack College librarians reinvented service delivery in the Library and to the campus at large. Using information collected, they made data-driven decisions  to create a vibrant blended model of service delivery: staffing a service desk in the commons area and offering reference services in a newly established, inviting Research Center. The result is rejuvenated reference throughout the building and the physical space of the college.


Reference Tracking Form

Reference Reset

Roles for Reference Librarians

VanScoy, A. (2012). Inventing the future by examining traditional and emerging
     roles for reference librarians. In M. L. Radford (Ed.). Leading the reference
     renaissance: Today’s ideas for tomorrow’s cutting–edge services
(pp. 79-
     93). NY: Neal-Schuman.

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