Thursday, August 21, 2008

Has Slam the Boards been a success?

At the reference seminar back in May I mentioned a study being done in the US on the impact Librarians may or may not have on answerboard traffic. Initial findings are now available and a discussion is taking place on the Answer Boards Librarians wiki. It's early stages yet, as the whole Slam the Boards phenomenon is yet to celebrate it's 1st birthday, and the various restrictions of the study (only using Yahoo Answers and focussing on the 10th day of the month as it applies in the US - discounting many of the early-bird answers supplied by Australian and New Zealand Librarians) must be taken into account, nonetheless it has certainly been a worthwhile adventure!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A reference renaissance - conference

If you weren't able to be in Denver in early August you can catch up on many of the presentations from A reference renaissance. Quite a few of the PowerPoint presentations are now available from this conference.

What ideas from here inspire you? What other ideas do we need to consider for reference and information services?

Do you think there really is a reference renaissance occurring?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Three new reports

Comscore reports that 26 million people in Germany watched more than 3 billion videos online during May.

Are libraries factoring this into their service delivery - including the provision of reference and information services?

Universal McCann report on the number of adults using social media in the US.

The latest Pew internet report looks at how people use the internet on a daily basis.

All of these reports have big implications for libraries.

What changes do we need to make? What do we need to keep the same?