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Roving Librarian: Literature review

This guide supports the Roving Librarian poster session. The Past, Present and Future tabs below refer to roving at Point Loma Nazarene University Ryan Library.

How have others used the concept?

The following are a select group of publicatons:

Brown, Christine, David Sulz and Virginia Pow
Roving Reference with iPads: A Study of the Use of iPads as Technological Support and Service Assessment
Presented at the 2011 International Federation of Library Associations.  "...reports on the usefulness and challenges of using an Apple iPad as the primary reference tool and whether it is uniquely innovative for this task."

Dresselhaus, Angela and Floral Shrode
Mobile Technologies & Academics: Do Students Use Mobile Technologies in Their Academic Lives and Are Librarians Ready to Meet this Challenge?
Information Technology & Libraries. Jun 2012, Vol. 31, Issue 2, p82-101.  "...steps librarians can take as they "go mobile."

Gadsby, Joanna and Shu Qian
Using an iPad to Redefine Roving Reference Service in an Academic Library.
Library Hi Tech News, 2012, Vol. 29, Issue 4, p1-5.  "...describes how Reference Librarians at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County sought to reach students, faculty and staff at their point of need by setting up a mobile reference unit at high traffic locations on campus rather than inside the library building."

Holmes, Claire and Lisa Woznicki
Librarians at Your Doorstep, C&RL NEWS December 2010 vol. 71, no. 11, 582-585. "One of the greatest benefi ts of the experiment was the flexibility of service for the intended audience."

Lotts, M., & Graves, S. (2011).
Using the iPad for Reference Services. College & Research Libraries News, vol. 72, no. 4, 217-220.  "The iPads have given reference services a foothold into the mobile technology landscape."

Mirtz, Ruth M.
The Second Half of Reference: An Analysis of Point-of-Need Roving Reference Questions, ACRL Preconference paper presented April 2013.  "Roving reference...offers the ability to complete the second half of reference transactions with continued support and information as the student moves to an unknown or more complex part of their research."

Sharman, Alison and Andrew Walsh
Roving Librarian at a Mid-sized, UK-Based University, Library Technology Reports. Nov/Dec2012, Vol. 48 Issue 8, p28-34.  "...details the "Roving Librarian" project carried out at a mid-sized UK university. All subject librarians have been equipped with iPads or Android tablets and sent out to rove."

Sinclair, Bryan
The Blended Librarian in the Learning Commons: New Skills for the Blended Library, College & Research Libraries News, October 2009 vol. 70, no. 9, 504-516.  "Libraries still have a place on today’s campus, but we must expand what we offer if we expect users to come to us."

Smith, M. M., & Pietraszewski, B. A. (2004).
Enabling the Roving Reference Librarian: Wireless Access with Tablet PCs, Reference Services Review, vol. 32, no.3, 249-255. "...details the "Roving Librarian" project carried out at a mid-sized UK university. All subject librarians have been equipped with iPads or Android tablets and sent out to rove."