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Cooperative Reference
Social Interaction in the Workplace

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ISBN 9780789023711
Published June 7, 2004 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

Expert advice for more effective teamwork in the library!

Cooperative Reference: Social Interaction in the Workplace addresses the need for reference librarians to work together to keep the system running smoothly. This book explores the various means of developing social professionalism, collaborating on projects, and combining forces with other libraries to remain on the cutting edge of information services in this new century. Using this guide, you will learn from the first-hand experiences of on-the-job reference librarians. This book will give you—as a reference librarian, administrator, library science student, or educator—ideas to support cooperative efforts in the library and beyond.

This book will show you how to better interact with:

  • other reference librarians
  • face-to-face users
  • online users
  • library and academia faculty
  • other libraries
Cooperative Reference reveals how patrons perceive you from the other side of the desk. This book shows that first impressions—how you dress, your attitude, how you interact with other workers, and how you address the patron’s questions—directly affect the patron’s visit and influence his or her decisions about using your library in the future. The social skills in this volume can also directly benefit your library as library budgets can no longer keep up with the skyrocketing costs of library materials. To continue viability, many libraries must be willing to work together to share costs and experience.

Other topics in Cooperative Reference include:
  • tag-team referencing—a dynamic, synergistic environment at the reference desk
  • teaching librarians about interpersonal skills—how to establish professional, collegial relationships with one another
  • librarians teaming up to teach a class together
  • cooperative reference desk scheduling—how to create and implement tailored desk hours
  • collection development between librarians for different departments
  • working together to create online services
  • a consolidation of reference services by two separate libraries
Using several case examples, this well-referenced book takes an innovative look at the ever-increasing necessity for librarians to work together for the good of the patrons, the workers, and the library structure. Cooperative Reference will improve the reference services of public and academic libraries both large and small.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • User Perspectives on Staff Cooperation During the Reference Transaction
  • A Product of Social Interaction: Tag-Team Reference and Workplace Relationships
  • Reference Service in the Context of Library Culture and Collegiality: Tools for Keeping Librarians on the Same (Fast Flipping) Pages
  • The Reference Interview as Partnership: An Examination of Librarian, Library User, and Social Interaction
  • Interpersonal Skills in the Reference Workplace
  • Building a Learning Culture for the Common Good
  • Crossing Three Bridges: Linking Librarianship and Teaching Across the P-16 Educational Continuum
  • Cooperative Reference Desk Scheduling and Its Effects on Professional Collegiality
  • Cooperation in a Multi-Faceted Reference Department: Blending Resources, Personnel, and Services of Reference, Instruction, Interlibrary Loan, and Government Documents
  • Why Social Interaction and Good Communication in Academic Libraries Matters
  • Cooperative Reference and Collection Development: The Science and Technology Group at the University of Tennessee Libraries
  • Improving Reference Services Through a Library Website: Strategies for Collaborative Change
  • The Role of Cooperation in Creating a Library Online Tutorial
  • E-Mail Reference: Improving Service by Working Cooperatively
  • Collaboration: The Key to Unlocking the Dilemma of Distance Reference Services
  • Reference Beyond the Walls of the Library: Interacting with Faculty and Students in the 21st Century
  • Collaborate or Die! Collection Development in Today’s Academic Library
  • If They Build It Will They Come? Cooperation and Collaboration to Create a Customized Library
  • A National Laboratory and University Branch Campus Library Partnership: Shared Benefits and Challenges from Combined Reference Services
  • When the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Development of Cooperative Service and Resource Sharing in Libraries: 1876-2002
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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