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March 2010, Week 3


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Stephanie Schulte <[log in to unmask]>
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Stephanie Schulte <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:14:34 -0400
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I'm trying to gauge how many health sciences libraries have eliminated traditional reference desk hours all together. What I mean is, you have librarians that provide reference service, but they do it on an appointment only basis or perhaps provide office hours in their office or outside the library, maybe within an academic or clinical department. There is likely still an information desk where basic and informational questions are answered any time the library is open, but they are probably answered by paraprofessional staff. Other set-ups are possible too. The change is with the traditional hours a reference librarian has been available: they no longer exist as they did in the past.

If this is something your library has done, could you please contact me off list. I'm considering a qualitative study looking at this new "trend" but am not sure how prevalent it is (or even if it is a trend). 

Thanks for your help,

Stephanie Schulte, MLIS
Education and Reference Services Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Prior Health Sciences Library
The Ohio State University
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