TEXTBOOK READING PART IV-SELECTING AND EVALUATING REFERENCE MATERIALS…
TEXTBOOK READING PART IV-SELECTING AND EVALUATING REFERENCE MATERIALS
Management of Reference Budget
Money must be maximized for reference materials.
E-resources are economical to join or form a consortia.
Identifying, Selecting, and Evaluating New Reference Material
: what the book covers, topics, and time period.
Quality of Content:
Accurate and up-to-date information with depth of content.
Authority of Author
Accuracy of Content
Ease of Use
Print vs Electronic Resources
Based on the libraries own needs. Ease of use and compatibility.
A balance of both resources are key, the lack of printed material may limit the patrons abilities.
Sources of Reviews
are made for reviews for references works in print and online.
Annual Lists such as OSR and Doug's help with recommended titles.
Library Journal, School Library Journal, Choice, and Reference and User Services Quarterly
most frequently used.
Promoting and Marketing Reference Materials
Provide "database of the week" showcasing reference material
Present reference tools on social media.
Refresh staff with knowledge on materials
Ongoing Assessment of Reference Collections
Collections should be assessed on a regular basis.
Questionnaires can be used to help with assessment of collection.