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From paper to electronic, the evolution of pathfinders: a review of the literature

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From paper to electronic, the evolution of pathfinders: a review of the literature

Vileno, Luigina (2007) From paper to electronic, the evolution of pathfinders: a review of the literature. Reference Services Review, 35 (3). pp. 434-451. ISSN 0090-7324

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00907320710774300

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the literature on pathfinders, from the 1970s to the present.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews a range of publications which describe the methodology of pathfinders, provide practical advice and information, present research results, to aid librarians and library administrators in how to best manage the production and marketing of pathfinders.

Findings – It was found that not much has been written on pathfinders. A few articles on traditional pathfinders were published between 1972 and 1995. In 1996, the electronic format took over. Most of the articles are of a practical nature although some describe empirical research. One void in the literature that has been found is librarians' lack of knowledge of users' needs and preferences. This results in much time and effort being dedicated to the production of pathfinders but without any consideration of users, thus discouraging them from using the available resources.

Divisions:Concordia University > Libraries
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Vileno, Luigina
Journal or Publication:Reference Services Review
Date:2007
Keywords:Internet, Libraries, Reference services, Pathfinders
ID Code:5591
Deposited By:KUMIKO VEZINA
Deposited On:02 Sep 2009 15:37
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 20:07
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