Taking library services outside of the library seems to be a growing trend in academic libraries, but is it really? In 2011 Stephan and Scott conducted an online survey of academic libraries to measure how and if off-site reference is being utilized in academic libraries in order to provide a snapshot of current and past off-site reference trends. Broken down into four sections, the poster will look at the four questions asked of survey participants:
- · Those who currently hold off-site reference hours
- · Those held off-site reference hours in the past but stopped
- · Those who have never held off-site reference hours in the past, but plan to offer them in the future.
- · Those who have never held off-site reference hours and would not consider it in the future
The poster will present, among other things, how programs were developed, if they were individual or library-wide programs, why programs stopped, and why people weren’t interested in holding off-site hours.
Scott, Penny and Stephan, Elizabeth, "Environmental Scan of Off-Site Reference in Academic Libraries" (2012). Gleeson Library Librarians Research and Scholarship. 3.