Yesterday’s reference, today’s reference – 8 differences

1. Yesterday’s library reference was all about looking in books.
Today’s reference is all about finding the resources the people need, wherever it’s found.

2. Yesterday’s reference was all about what was housed in the library building. Today’s reference includes online services and digital resources.

3. Yesterday’s reference was all about getting information.
Today’s reference is also about helping people create and share information.

4. Yesterday’s reference was about term papers for students.
Today’s reference is also about multimedia projects for them.

5. Yesterday’s reference was all about being copyright enforcers.
Today’s reference is about being intellectual property counselors.

6. Yesterday’s reference was all about teaching how to find information.
Today’s reference is all about teaching how to evaluate and use information.

7. Yesterday’s reference was directed by one librarian.
Tomorrow’s reference will be all about community collaboration to meet information needs.

8. Yesterday’s reference was all about developing print literacy.
Tomorrow’s reference will be all about developing multiple literacies – print, auditory, visual.

This means today’s reference is all about…

  • Exploration
  • Collaboration
  • Multiple choices
  • Online resources
  • Re-thinking what we’re doing

Published by

Colleen Eggett

Colleen Eggett is the Library Resources Program Manager for the Utah State Library in Salt Lake City UT.

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