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Reference services continue to evolve with changing patron needs and with varied information resources and formats. Libraries continue to provide unparalleled reference using traditional and emerging tools, formats and resources. Explore topics such as information literacy, internet resources for patrons, answering health and legal questions, and innovations in digital or virtual reference.

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The Future of Reference is Outside the Library

 News / Last Modified: 27 June 2015

Over the last decade, the fortress-like walls of the library reference desk have been breached in favor of more inviting structures and roving librarians. However, that's not going far enough, according to Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County (CO)...

Making Connections: Libraries and Essential Human Services

 News / Last Modified: 21 May 2015

There are times when the needs of a patron goes beyond our immediate services or an individual's comfort zone. You can probably think of a recent example right now. Knowing where to refer a customer or who to call in your community can really help. W...

Financial Education Tools for Libraries from CFPB

 News / Last Modified: 18 May 2015

As you may know, we've been participating in an OpenIDEO challenge related to libraries and financial literacy. We've been learning about a variety of approaches to financial education, and also wanted to be sure libraries are aware of all the fantas...