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Reference, Instruction, and Outreach (RIO)

Guide to provide a forum to learn and share ideas about the various aspects of library reference, instruction, and outreach.

Meeting Overview

The group spent much of the meeting discussing possible cooperation between public libraries and academic libraries, both for instruction and outreach.

The different approaches and methodologies by each type of library can be of benefit to the other, particularly with the need to instruct young students in academic information literacy and standards, as well as finding methods to reach out to / accommodate student needs that are changing along with the student age demographics. It was noted that the differences are broader than just by type of library. Different clients and age groups learn by differnet methods, particularly with the younger generation having a broader, but  less in depth approach to information and learning.

The need for outreach from different types of libraries to each other was discussed. The possibilities for establishing contact information for different types of libraries and librarians reaching out to one another was explored, such as a meet and greet, website directory, contact forms, and/or use of CDLC's mailing lists. Chris Tosh will see what CDLC can do to facilitate this.

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