Providing reference services requires managing uncertainty, both for users and for library workers. As information professionals, we are tasked with bridging the gap between our expertise in information science and users’ knowledge of their discipline. Yet there can be a disconect between health sciences users’ understanding of an inquiry and our own, misunderstandings protentially exacerbated by difficulties communicating in virtual environments. What role does context play in both the asking and understaning of reference questions? How do we identify the implicit assumptions in our interactions? And how do we improve these consultations in virtual spaces?
In this workshop, we will share experiences about user interactions in reference services, with a goal of discussing as a group how to best communicate with our users during academic reference interviews. We will facilitate a conversation between participants and presenters to explore how our users approach academic libraries with similar questions, but for different reasons and at different times in their lives, and how this has changed when our reference consultations are entirely online. We will discuss how our constantly changing interaction with the world creates new knowledge and ways to bridge these gaps for library users — and ourselves.
Sponsored by BLC
This webinar is part of the PDA series. Learn more about the PDA.
June 16, 2021 @ 12:00 am - June 18, 2021 @ 12:00 am
April 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - April 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm