The current state of digital reference: Validation of a general digital reference model through a survey of digital reference services

Jeffrey Pomerantz, Scott Nicholson, Yvonne Belanger, R. David Lankes

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Abstract

This paper describes a study conducted to determine the paths digital reference services take through a general process model of asynchronous digital reference. A survey based on the general process model was conducted; each decision point in this model provided the basis for at least one question. Common, uncommon, and wished-for practices are identified, as well as correlations between characteristics of services and the practices employed by those services. Identification of such trends has implications for the development of software tools for digital reference. This study presents a snapshot of the state-of-the-art in digital reference as of late 2001-early 2002, and validates the general process model of asynchronous digital reference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-363
Number of pages17
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004

Keywords

  • Digital reference
  • Models
  • Virtual reference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Library and Information Sciences

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