Library Public Services
Librarians and the Community
- A Librarian at the Kitchen Table - A blog on the subject of librarians in the community working for social justice and human rights, by Kathleen de la Peña McCook
- Library Anecdotes for some reference bloggers.
- CORE: California Opportunities for Reference Excellence - A great tutorial on doing reference work
- Technostress and the Reference Librarian - This article by John Kupersmith originally appeared in 1992, but it may be even more relevant now.
- LiveRef - A directory of sites doing real-time reference service online. Check here to see if your local library is doing live reference before using one of the sites below.
- Ask a Librarian - Library of Congress
- Internet Public Library: Ask a Question
- Radical Reference - Answers questions at political events and through its Web site. Started during the 2004 Republican convention in New York.
- Ask-a-Librarian - U.K. service
- Virtual Reference for Non-Librarians: What It Is and How to Access These Services (ResourceShelf)
Live Reference Librarians:
- Answering Reference Questions Using the Internet (British Columbia Library Association, 2002)
- MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites
- Outstanding Reference Sources - Annual list (RUSA)
- Booklist - See the Reference Updates and Points of Reference
- Frequently Asked Reference Questions (FARQs) (Internet Public Library)
- Hennepin County (Minn.) Library Fugitive Fact File - Searchable database
- Project Wombat - The mailing list for tough reference questions (successor to the late, lamented Stumpers list)
- Web Guerrilla Reference - Miscellaneous links, compiled by librarian John Leonard
Fugitive Fact Files:
At one library where I worked, we had a "fugitive fact file" — that is, a file of answers to tough questions we knew we'd get again. Some libraries are putting these files online.
These sites can help librarians advise users about what books they might like to read.
- Author Read-alikes - If you like this author, you might like these other authors (Downers Grove [Ill.] Public Library)
- Book Lists and Bibliographies - Great book lists, mostly from libraries (Waterboro [Maine] Public Library)
- FictionDB - Large database of authors and titles, including reviews and lists of series titles
- Fiction_L Booklists - Compiled by the subscribers of the Fiction_L mailing list (Morton Grove Public Library)
- OCLC FictionFinder - Search for fiction titles and, because it's OCLC, find them in libraries
- Overbooked - Site with many annotated booklists
- Reader's Advisor Online Blog - News for librarians doing reader's advisory: new book alerts, links to book lists
- Sarah's Favorite Online Readers Advisory Tools (Librarian in Black Sarah Houghton-Jan)
Web Directory of Reader's Advisory Sites:
Interlibrary Loan and Other Access Services
If you need interlibrary loan service, check with your library first. That will probably be the easiest and cheapest way to go.
- Circ and Serve - Blog on access services
- ILL Web - All kinds of tools for tracking down elusive items (Northwestern University Law School)
- Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services - A guide to some of the available services (Library of Congress)
- ShareILL - International directory of resources for interlibrary loan and document delivery