TRLN Reference Symposium 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Solution Center, Wilmington Room


9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:30 Overview of Reference Services in TRLN
Margaret Brill, Head of Reference, Duke
Rob Rucker, Head, Research and Information Services, NCSU
Diane Strauss, AUL for Public Services, UNC

Hafsa Murad, Bibliographic Instruction Librarian, NCCU
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Reference Services in an Information Commons
Joe Williams, Director of the Learning Commons, NCSU

Williams will lead a discussion on providing reference service in an information commons environment. Participants will discuss staffing models, librarians comfort and skill with technology, relationships with campus IT staff, and more.

11:45-1:15 Lunch
Roundtable discussions:

Training New Reference Staff
From graduate students to experienced librarians joining the desk, how do we create new staff training that prepares them for the questions they will receive?

Changing Spaces
Renovations, new buildings, and moving collections: How do we cope during "temporary" situations?

Culture of Assessment
Beyond ARL statistics, what data should we collect and what should it tell us?

Balancing Reference and Other Work
What is the main role of a Reference Librarian and how do other projects fit in?

Impact of Instruction on Reference
Should our instruction sessions be geared towards the questions we receive at the desk?



Reinventing the Reference Collection
Robert Dalton, Assistant Department Head and Collection Management Section Librarian, UNC

Dalton will facilitate a discussion of the new reference collection in your institution. Is it more electronic? Does it occupy a smaller footprint? How are selections for new materials made, and what criteria determine what a reference item is?




Closing Remarks
Dr. David Carr, UNC School of Information and Library Science