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Every Reference Librarian a Reviewer

James Rettig
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Vol. 26, No. 4 (Summer 1987), pp. 467-476
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25827919
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Every Reference Librarian a Reviewer
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Abstract

The process a reference book reviewer engages in when reviewing a new reference work is very similar to the process a reference librarian engages in, or at least should engage in, when using a reference collection to fulfill a patron's information need. Reference librarians ought to learn each reference work well enough, in effect, to review it for a patron who must judge and use the information a source contains or leads to. Reference librarians have not demonstrated a strong willingness to give such reviews; in fact, some libraries have policies forbidding them to do so in certain cases. The quality of library service will improve if reference librarians come to view this day-to-day, unwritten reviewing of reference works as an essential part of their role as intermediaries between patrons and information sources in all formats.

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