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There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about digital
reference. It started slow, then seemed to find an enthusiastic
audience, and now some skepticism is creeping in, or at least
some serious questions about its purpose, value, sustainability.
It's worth asking the question, then, of why it seems to matter
so much, if indeed it does, and how to proceed from here.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Joseph Janes is Assistant Professor and Chair of Library and
Information Science at the Information School of the University
of Washington and Founding Director of the Internet Public Library.
A frequent speaker in the US and abroad, he is the co-author of
eight books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship,
including the forthcoming Introduction to Reference Work in the
Digital Age and writes the "Internet Librarian" column
for American Libraries magazine. He holds the M.L.S. and Ph.D.
from Syracuse University, and has taught at the University of
Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the
State University of New York at Albany as well as at Syracuse