July 10, 2020

Journal Article: “Librarian Fascination and Student Confusion with “RE” words: Research, Reference, Resources, and Reserves”

The following article was recently published by Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice.

Title

Librarian Fascination and Student Confusion with “RE” words: Research, Reference, Resources, and Reserves

Authors

Valerie A Lynn
Penn State Hazleton

Bonnie Imler
Penn State Altoona

Source

Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice
Vol 8, No 1 (2020)
DOI: 10.5195/palrap.2020.222

Abstract

Student confusion regarding the use of library jargon on websites, during instruction sessions, and in conversation is nothing new; however, four commonly used terms have recently lost context both inside and outside of the library setting. Coincidently, all four words begin with “RE”: research, reference, resources, and reserves. By asking our students what they believe these “RE” words mean, we were able to get a clearer indication of their perceptions and specific information needs. We believe that finding a common linguistic foundation with limited library jargon reduces barriers and promotes student comprehension and satisfaction.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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