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For those who are interested in what I learned at Reference Renaissance, please visit http://alaskanlibrarian.wordpress.com/category/rr2008/, where you can find all of my session writeups.
I didn’t cross post here because I think most of what I picked up was out of scope for FGI. But a few themes from the conference that I think worth mentioning here are:
- Librarians must support patrons as content creators in addition to supporting them as content users.
- Reference (including document reference) needs to move from supplying stacks of documents to providing more targeted information, along with providing context.
- Librarians must continue to find non-traditional venues to be where information users are.
I was fortunate to meet several current and past documents librarians while in Denver. If any of them are reading this entry, please chime in with your own impressions of the relevance to Reference Renaissance to government information specialists.