Advances in Librarianship, Volume 29 (Advances in by Danuta A. Nitecki, Eileen G. Abels

By Danuta A. Nitecki, Eileen G. Abels

Seriously acclaimed for the reason that its inception, "Advances in Librarianship" is still the fundamental reference resource for advancements within the box of libraries and library technological know-how. Articles released within the serial have received nationwide prizes, comparable to the Blackwell North the USA Scholarship Award for the exceptional 1994 monograph, article, or unique paper within the box of acquisitions, assortment, improvement, and similar components of source improvement. All parts of public, collage, college, fundamental and secondary colleges, and distinctive libraries are given up to date, serious research by way of specialists engaged within the perform of librarianship, in instructing, and in study.

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M. ), and education (including college or university, as well as selfimprovement courses). Within these four categories, there are also a number of special needs that arise for specific populations and/or at diVerent points in an individual’s life. Older adults, for example, may seek information related to medical, financial or leisure activities that are markedly diVerent from the information required by younger adults (Honnold and Mesaros, 2004; Wicks, 2004). Ethnic minorities may require multilingual materials and reference services, as well as specialized collections related to immigration, housing, or learning English as a second language (Bala and Adkins, 2004; Pyati, 2003).

II, p. 18). Underscoring the philosophy of self-help, Katz further suggests that many patrons will not naturally seek assistance from reference librarians unless there is good signage and other mechanisms to make it obvious that reference assistance is readily available. Yet in an era when there is 22 G. J. Leckie and L. M. Given information overload from a variety of media and other sources, most people could use some assistance in wading through the glut of information to find what they need and in understanding how information is organized in the public library.

J. Leckie and L. M. Given concerns about the growth of the digital divide (Hargittai, 2002a; Julien and Boon, 2003) since those who do not have information literacy skills are less able to find and retrieve digital information. As to the role of public librarians in information literacy, Harris (1992) found that public librarians were far more ambivalent about information literacy than academic librarians. At the time, there was very little agreement among public librarians surveyed as to whether public librarians ought to have an instructional role at all or whether they should concentrate on information provision (Harris, 1989).

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