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Thursday, November 9 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Imagining a Revitalized Role for Scholarly Reference in Inquiry and Scholarship

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This session will explore a conundrum when it comes to scholarly reference sources and libraries: Basic research faces significant challenges due to the staggering proliferation of information and misinformation online. There is widespread concern about alternative facts and misleading analysis. Students and interdisciplinary scholars are challenged to rapidly develop broad knowledge of new fields. These are problems that scholarly reference publishers and librarians should be uniquely equipped to address, and yet we know at many libraries the reference collection, both in print and digital forms, is underutilized. Why is this? Is it a problem of information literacy? Does it have to do with the discovery environment within libraries? Do librarians no longer rely on reference for guidance and background? Is there an impact from Google and Google Scholar emerging as the predominant starting point for research? Have sources such as Wikipedia eclipsed the need or demand for vetted scholarly reference? Finally, what constructive role will reference play at libraries in the future?

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Lisa Hinchliffe

Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s School of Information Sciences and Center for... Read More →

Uri Nodelman

Senior Research Engineer & Senior Editor, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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Damon Zucca

Reference Publisher, Oxford University Press
Damon Zucca is Publisher of Scholarly Reference at Oxford University Press, where he oversees strategy and development of a range of print and digital products.

Thursday November 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Carolina Ballroom A, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401