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Patrick Wilson reference: practice rooted in theory

Patrick Wilson reference: practice rooted in theory Purpose – This paper aims to examine Patrick Wilson’s 1977 essay, Public Knowledge, Private Ignorance , which emphasizes practice rooted in theory. Modern reference work ought to look back to this 35-year-old essay to be reminded of the intent of reference practice by considering Wilson’s discussion. Design/methodology/approach – This paper examines Wilson’s decades-old thesis and applies it to reference work and reference resources for today’s information professionals. Findings – The crux of Wilson’s essay remains relevant today when applied to reference work and information-seeking. Originality/value – This essay leaves readers with practical tips for reference work rooted in theory, and also expands on Wilson’s 1977 essay from a contemporary viewpoint, providing guidance for modern reference librarianship. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Reviews Emerald Publishing

Patrick Wilson reference: practice rooted in theory

Reference Reviews , Volume 29 (2): 4 – Feb 16, 2015

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0950-4125
DOI
10.1108/RR-09-2014-0260
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine Patrick Wilson’s 1977 essay, Public Knowledge, Private Ignorance , which emphasizes practice rooted in theory. Modern reference work ought to look back to this 35-year-old essay to be reminded of the intent of reference practice by considering Wilson’s discussion. Design/methodology/approach – This paper examines Wilson’s decades-old thesis and applies it to reference work and reference resources for today’s information professionals. Findings – The crux of Wilson’s essay remains relevant today when applied to reference work and information-seeking. Originality/value – This essay leaves readers with practical tips for reference work rooted in theory, and also expands on Wilson’s 1977 essay from a contemporary viewpoint, providing guidance for modern reference librarianship.

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Reference ReviewsEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 16, 2015

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