The Role of the Library Web Site

Diaz, Karen
September 1998
Reference & User Services Quarterly;Fall98, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p41
Academic Journal
This article discusses the role of the Web sites in the delivery of library reference services. Quality reference and user service required a need for the right resources and services. Web resources offered implications for reference and user services. The types of resources that can be examined are search engines, databases, reference sites, directories, training, educational sites and products, finding aids, clearinghouses and more. In order to consider the role of a library Web site, there are content and organizational issues at stake. Catalogers provided access to a Web-based library catalog filled with records of electronic library and Internet resources. Reference librarians enhance their sites with pathfinders and road maps to simplify the use of the Internet. Curators and archivists are digitizing the resources they house which allowed them to maintain a preserved original resource. Several bibliographic instruction librarians dwelt on distance education principles. Bibliographers change subscriptions of databases, encyclopedias and other commercial materials to Web-based options. There are requirements to support the virtual endeavors of librarianship which demanded differing expectations.


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