Thursday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Why Reference? Creating a Collection for Today and Tomorrow

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What does "reference collection" mean in academic libraries when college students do not remember a time before Wikipedia? Are print reference sources still useful, and if so, what types? Should they be allowed to circulate for a brief loan period? Should online sources be acquired as purchases or subscriptions, as individual titles or aggregated databases? Should some sources be provided both in print and online? And how do we connect users with reference sources they would find helpful if they can find them?

These are the questions this panel – featuring a reference librarian, an acquisitions librarian, and a publisher of reference works – will address in this session. The librarians are involved in an ongoing evaluation of the use of print and online reference sources in their collection, and the publisher is constantly evaluating the need and market for reference sources in academic libraries.
The panel presentation will be followed by an open and broad discussion among panelists and luncheon attendees to share ideas, opinions, and experiences concerning how best to provide relevant, useful, and findable reference sources to an academic community.

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Betz Des Chenes

Director, Content Strategy and Development, Gale, Cengage Learning
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Kendall Hobbs

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Wesleyan University
Kendall Hobbs has been a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut since 1997. He has a BA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, an MA in philosophy from Emory University, and an MLS from SUNY Buffalo.
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Aaron Sandoval

Monographic Acquisitions Librarian/Coordinator of Collection Development, Wesleyan University

Thursday November 9, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Salon II, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401