CARLDIG-S Explores Examples of Authentic Reference Work
By Norma Durian, University of La Verne & Meghan Kwast, California Lutheran University
In the world of reference services, there are a number of guidelines used by libraries nationally to ensure a uniform understanding of best practices. These guidelines define appropriate behaviors and necessary knowledge bases that any reference practitioner should follow. Reference work is portrayed as a checklist, markers of whether professionals are or are not performing their work appropriately.
The 2020 California Academic Reference Librarians Interest Group – South (CARLDIG-S) Fall Program, Authentic Reference: Advocacy and Support For Our Communities and Ourselves, sought to provide a platform for LIS professionals to highlight the reference work they engage in that goes beyond the checklist. Presenters were asked to explore questions such as:
While the Fall Program is traditionally held in-person, this year’s program was the first to be held entirely online with attendance free to all. The program included four 20-minute feature presentations and four 5-minute lightning round presentations. To provide time for informal conversation and networking, the program “room” was opened 30 minutes early and topical breakout rooms were opened around lunch time. Attendance was roughly double that of the previous year’s program. Attendees came from institutions around the country, demonstrating that conversations on current issues and developments in reference work are of national interest.
Chapters Council Roster
Alison Marie Larsen
Lisa T. Nickel
Eric Anthony Edwards
Carrie E. Dunham-LaGree