Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Journal or Book Title

Reference & User Services Quarterly

Volume

55

Issue

3

First Page

212

Last Page

229

DOI

10.5860/rusq.55n3.219

Abstract

This article reports the results of two related studies: data collection on characteristics of online subject guides at academic ARL libraries, and a survey of heads of reference at the same group of libraries concerning policies and practices for writing, maintaining, and promoting subject guides. Results are compared to a similar investigation published in 2004. Observation of guides focused on numbers and types of web links included, timeliness and accuracy, and discoverability of guides from each library’s homepage. Survey questions included impact of guide quality on librarians’ evaluations, use of guide templates, and reasons for using or not using a guide management system such as LibGuides.

Comments

This article is from Reference & User Services Quarterly 5 (2016): 212–229, doi:10.5860/rusq.55n3.219. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Library Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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