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Radford, Marie L.

Works: 35 works in 107 publications in 1 language and 3,403 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Use studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Research team member, Speaker, Researcher, Research team head, Creator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Marie L Radford
The reference encounter : interpersonal communication in the academic library by Marie L Radford( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conducting the reference interview : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians by Catherine Sheldrick Ross( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Find your bearings in this rapidly evolving hybrid reference environment through proven strategies, advice, exercises and research from three experts in the field. The revised second edition of this practical how-to for all types of librarians will teach you to understand the needs of public, academic and special library users across any virtual setting - email, text messaging, social networking websites - as well as in traditional and face-to-face models of communication. Based on the latest research in communication theory, the book includes new exercises and examples to help you practice effective reference transactions and avoid common pitfalls. Guidance for helping users with special language-related needs (such as speech and hearing disabilities and English Language Learners) and social difficulties is also included, as are updated chapters on readers' advisory interviewing and policy and training procedures. An extensively revised chapter on virtual reference features new sections on live chat and instant messaging services, as well as a discussion of Web 2.0 initiatives and updated information on e-mail reference. Pooling their wealth of experience, the authors share real-life interview examples alongside constructive critiques and practical suggestions to improve interviewing methods"
Web research : selecting, evaluating, and citing by Marie L Radford( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Academic library research : perspectives and current trends( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advances in information technology, networked systems, and especially the advent of the Web have driven a rapid and vast change in academic libraries. Almost every aspect of library work has been dramatically impacted by the Web which enabled greatly enhanced remote access to collections and services and has prompted innovations such as virtual reference, e-book and e-journal collection development, and digitized archives. Academic Library Research: Perspectives and Current Trends updates traditional topics that have undergone exceptional, and in some cases, unexpected change since 1990 as well as reaching into new areas that have developed. It combines theoretical scholarship as well as research designed to inform practice, including case studies and user surveys
Reference renaissance : current and future trends( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Respected authorities on today's rapidly changing reference landscape Marie L. Radford and R. David Lankes have brought together a pioneering collection that delivers creative, proven guidance to LIS professionals in public, academic, and special libraries and information centers
Leading the reference renaissance : today's ideas for tomorrow's cutting-edge services( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Library conversations : reclaiming interpersonal communication theory for understanding professional encounters by Marie L Radford( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The importance of being 'fully present' in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today's libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and productive and those that are unfocused, awkward, or even threatening. From the reference desk and the community meeting to the board room, the human resource office, and the conference table, effective interpersonal communication lies at the center of the profession. Offering analysis applicable to all types of library situations, this book describes a number of theoretical frameworks for understanding interpersonal communication, spanning Aristotle, John Locke, Ruesch and Bateson, Watzlawick and his colleagues, and Erving Goffman; uses examples from all different types of library interpersonal encounters, including those with colleagues, the public, managers, and subordinates, to discuss how these historical frameworks apply to libraries and the world of information science; combines theory with decades-long empirical research gathered by the authors and their colleagues; and offers an in-depth examination of the reference encounter, introducing a content/relational model of success illustrated with examples from librarians and library users. By applying the insights provided here to daily communication practice, libraries everywhere can build positive relationships with library users, the communities they serve, and among their own staff."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Research methods in library and information science by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 6th Edition by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking synchronicity : revelations and recommendations for virtual reference by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a distillation of prior research work (2005-2008) by the authors and by others about -- or relevant to -- library virtual reference (VR) services. Additionally, the authors provide recommendations on how libraries may sustain and develop VR services and systems
Redesigning today's public services : focus on reference( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This teleconference explores how reference services are evolving by incorporating new technologies, modes of delivery, and new staffing models
Relational aspects of reference interactions : a qualitative investigation of the perceptions of users and librarians in the academic library by Marie L Radford( )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If it is too inconvenient I'm not going after it" : convenience as a critical factor in information-seeking behaviors by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In today's fast-paced world, anecdotal evidence suggests that information tends to inundate people, and users of information systems want to find information quickly and conveniently. Empirical evidence for convenience as a critical factor is explored in the data from two multi-year, user study projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The theoretical framework for this understanding is founded in the concepts of bounded rationality and rational choice theory, with Savolainen's (2006) concept of time as a context in information seeking, as well as gratification theory, informing the emphasis on the seekers' time horizons. Convenience is a situational criterion in peoples' choices and actions during all stages of the information-seeking process. The concept of convenience can include their choice of an information source, their satisfaction with the source and its ease of use, and their time horizon in information seeking. The centrality of convenience is especially prevalent among the younger subjects ("millennials") in both studies, but also holds across all demographic categories -- age, gender, academic role, or user or non-user of virtual reference services. These two studies further indicate that convenience is a factor for making choices in a variety of situations, including both academic information seeking and everyday-life information seeking, although it plays different roles in different situations
Seeking synchronicity : OCLC, Rutgers researchers explore virtual reference services by analyzing chat transcripts by Robert C Bolander( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Consulting Research Scientist, and Marie L. Radford, Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Communication, Information & Library Studies, are conducting a two-year, multiphase study of virtual reference services (VRS) from user, non-user and librarian perspectives. Supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in-kind contributions from OCLC and Rutgers, the study will investigate factors that influence the selection and use of synchronous (e.g., Internet chat-based) VRS and study user and staff perceptions of satisfaction. It also seeks to develop research-based recommendations for VRS staff to increase user satisfaction with the virtual reference experience
Collaboration in action : Enabling innovative scholarship with social and crowdsourcing services by Chirag Shah( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With an exponentially growing set of e-services and social networks that allow people to be not only consumers, but also producers of information, information seeking and sharing behaviors are rapidly changing. Innovations in areas such as information exchange and knowledge management are coming from scholarship in data sciences, and the “wisdom of the crowd” has become more than a passing trend. The focus of this event would be to discuss the latest developments in the field of social media and crowdsourcing specific to information seeking, knowledge management, and innovative methods for collaborative question-answering. Specifically, the event will facilitate discussions about and engage the audience in topics such as social search, community-based question-answering, and hybrid models for information seeking. These discussions will be guided by the organizers who come from a variety of backgrounds, institutions, and research areas
On virtual face-work : an ethnography of communication approach to a live chat reference interaction by Marie L Radford( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Erving Goffman's theoretical framework and concept of face-work has the potential to greatly increase the understanding of interpersonal dynamics in computer-mediated communication realms. This research used an ethnography of communication approach and the concept of face-work to analyze the transcript of an interaction between a librarian and a library user in a Web-based virtual reference service environment. This highly goal-oriented interaction, even though it lacks the immediacy of face-to-face interaction, was found to be a rich source of face-work
Power, knowledge, and fear : feminism, foucault, and the stereotype of female librarian by Marie L Radford( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Chattin' 'bout my generation : comparing virtual reference use of millennials to older adults by Marie L Radford( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This chapter provides an overview of a research project that studied generational differences in the attitudes toward and use of virtual reference (VR), and the information-seeking and communication behaviors of members of the Millennial generation (Prensky, 2001) when compared to older adults. It reports findings from the Seeking Synchronicity: Evaluating Virtual Reference Services from User, Non-User, and Librarian Perspectives (Radford & Connaway, 2005-2008) grant project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Rugers University, and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Results shed light on how people of different ages make decisions to use VR, what their preferred modes of communication are, what they like and dislike about VR, and how these services can be made more attractive to nonusers, who can be seen as potential users. Research-based recommendations with the key implications for sustainability and growth of consortial VR, library use instruction, and marketing are suggested
Virtual reference service quality : critical components for adults and the Net-Generation by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The project, "Seeking Synchronicity: Evaluating Virtual Reference Services from User, Non-User, and Librarian Perspectives," studied the habits and needs of virtual reference services (VRS) users to identify characteristics for informing library system and service development. The results of the online surveys and telephone interviews for users of VRS are the focus of this paper. One hundred thirty-seven VRS users completed web-based online surveys and 76 completed telephone interviews. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed using descriptive statistics, grounded theme analyses, and the Critical Incident Technique. Findings indicate that participants had used other modes of reference service. However, they found chat reference to be the least intimidating mode. The leading factor for choosing VRS was convenience. Anytime/anywhere access to VRS, its immediacy, and efficiency were factors in service selection. Knowledgeable librarians with positive attitudes and good communication skills also were found to be critical. Results for members of the Net Gen were compared to those of older adults. Both Net Gen (Net Generation) and adult participants were likely to be repeat users and had positive reactions to VRS. Net Gens were more likely to use the service if it was recommended to them. It was also more desirable to the younger VRS users to have the ability to develop a personal relationship with the librarian and to interact with a specific, familiar librarian. Users of VRS want librarians to provide specific information quickly, through a variety of formats. This article provides implications and recommendations for practice and library education. Librarians need to provide accurate information in a variety of service modes in a hybrid reference model that provides convenient, authoritative, reliable services to meet an array of diverse needs and communication preferences
Service sea change : clicking with screenagers through virtual reference by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Web-based reference services such as synchronous, (chat reference or "Ask-a-Librarian" services) and asynchronous (email) virtual reference services (VRS) have become common features of academic library home pages. In the current economic and technological environment, evaluation to determine the sustainability of VRS is crucial. An international research project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, Inc., investigates factors that influence the selection and use of synchronous VRS. This study, one of the first large-scale VRS studies to include both users and non-users of the Millennial Generation, innovatively addresses issues concerning the evaluation, sustainability, and relevance of VRS for academic libraries by soliciting screenagers' perceptions. Three focus group interviews were conducted with "screenagers"--Twelve to eighteen year-old non-users of VRS. These potential future academic library users are comfortable in a virtual environment, use instant messaging (IM) for socializing and collaborative homework, yet perceive VRS differently than these other virtual encounters. The results of these focus group interviews provide new insights to why screenagers choose not to use VRS and what would make them try VRS. The study identifies ways to increase the visibility and use of VRS, and to improve service, which could help secure funding allocations, and the growth and improvement of services. These results can influence the development of academic library services and systems for the Millennial Generation
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The reference encounter : interpersonal communication in the academic library
Conducting the reference interview : a how-to-do-it manual for librariansWeb research : selecting, evaluating, and citingAcademic library research : perspectives and current trendsReference renaissance : current and future trends
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Radford, Marie

Radford, Marie L. 1951-

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