Traditional reference service is dead--- or dying. This blog will focus on new approaches toward providing library assistance to patrons... or whatever else I feel like rambling on about.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Intuitive Revelations: The Ubiquitous Reference Model

I’ve been trying to merge “the library” with student blogs for nearly two years now. It’s been a long evolution, but I think I found the most efficient manner given the current technologies available.

A sneak-peak is available here:
Intuitive Revelations: The Ubiquitous Reference Model

Essentially, the paper describes a proactive approach toward interacting with college students. While the library world has just discovered blogs, these students have been keeping online journals for years. They use services like LiveJournal and Xanga, and even MySpace and Facebook to interact—often providing insight and commentary on their hectic lives. My interest was mining this data for educational opportunities.

The Major Theme: We need to get out from behind the desk and help students when and where they need it.