:: Announcing the 2009 Reference Research Review and presentations from the 16th Annual Reference Research Forum ::

Reference Research Review 2009

Each year, the Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section (RSS) in RUSA scours the professional literature to identify notable research articles about reference work published in the previous year.

The 2009 Reference Research Review is now available on the committee's website ( and features 29 articles that cover topics such as the role of academic libraries in mentored undergraduate research, the demonstration of best practices in reference transactions, and the evaluation of effective training for chat reference.

Previous reviews can be found on the committee's website at:

The committee uses the definition of Reference Work and Reference Transactions as approved by RUSA to define the scope of the review. For more information, see:

16th Annual Reference Research Forum 2010

The 16th Annual Reference Research Forum was held on June 27, 2010 at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The Forum featured three innovative presentations and was covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education (

This year's presentations are now posted on the committee's website ( The presentations were:

Anthropologists in the Library: The ERIAL Project and its Implications for Reference Service

Andrew Asher, Lynda M. Duke, Sue Stroyan, Monica Moore, Suzanne Wilson (Illinois Wesleyan University)

Do LibGuides Make a Difference? A Quasi-Experimental Investigation Into the Impact of LibGuides

Steven Bell  (Temple University)

Minding the Gap: Generational Differences in Attitudes toward Reference Service in Academic Libraries

Eric Jennings, Hans Kishel, Jill Markgraf (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

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