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IMPLICATIONS OF CDROMS FOR REFERENCE SERVICES IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

IMPLICATIONS OF CDROMS FOR REFERENCE SERVICES IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Describes the advantages of CDROMs over printed and onlinesources large storage capacity, relative cheapness and minimuminstruction required to undertake searches. They offer challenges aswell as new possibilities. Identifies five main criteria from theliterature which should be considered when introducing this technologyinto reference libraries. The service must be marketed and publicity istherefore essential. Equipment should be located near the reference deskand some regulation of access is desirable. CDROMs may be used withlittle training, but some user instruction is necessary if efficient andsophisticated searches are to be made. Staff training is vital andskills should be continuously updated. CDROMs have a strong bearingupon collection development. Cost, currency and contents should beconsidered when comparing their usefulness with other media. At present,CDROMs offer the most efficient service when used in conjunction withboth printed and online media. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

IMPLICATIONS OF CDROMS FOR REFERENCE SERVICES IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Library Management , Volume 13 (3): 9 – Mar 1, 1992

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/01435129210013314
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Abstract

Describes the advantages of CDROMs over printed and onlinesources large storage capacity, relative cheapness and minimuminstruction required to undertake searches. They offer challenges aswell as new possibilities. Identifies five main criteria from theliterature which should be considered when introducing this technologyinto reference libraries. The service must be marketed and publicity istherefore essential. Equipment should be located near the reference deskand some regulation of access is desirable. CDROMs may be used withlittle training, but some user instruction is necessary if efficient andsophisticated searches are to be made. Staff training is vital andskills should be continuously updated. CDROMs have a strong bearingupon collection development. Cost, currency and contents should beconsidered when comparing their usefulness with other media. At present,CDROMs offer the most efficient service when used in conjunction withboth printed and online media.

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Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1992

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