The other day we were talking amongst ourselves about the future of the reference collection.
I’ve noticed over the period of my working life that my use of reference books has diminished. I mean this in response to queries from our clients. (For myself, I can happily browse through an atlas or Flora with no problem).
In our discussion we identified the reference books we used the most:
- Dictionaries (including language dictionaries)
- APA Publication Manual & associated publications
The rest we hardly ever consulted in response to a client query.
In a time when we are pressed for space it seems like a good idea to down size the physical reference collection and either interfile them in the main collection or make it a lending item.
What about you? Have you eliminated, exterminated, eradicated your reference collection?