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Library Philosophy and Practice


University of Nebraska - Lincoln Libraries

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This paper draws on theories of societal transformation, specifically the information society and postmodernism, to pinpoint challenges and offer concrete advice for re-envisioning reference services in the academic library, including traditional reference work and formal library instruction. Rather than acting as experts to whom all patrons should defer, reference librarians should serve as helpful guides and fellow explorers of the information universe.


Originally published by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Libraries. Originally published online through the Library Philosophy and Practice journal.



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