Should Law Libraries Ged Rid of Their Print Reference Collections?
In an article entitled Reference 2.0, author Paul Hellyer writes:
"Many patrons who are still willing to read a narrative text in print will demand greater convenience and currency when it comes to reference sources, making it harder for print reference sources to compete with their online counterparts. After all, why get up from your desk to check a print reference source when a more current online version is at your fingertips? (...) "The full issue is available on the website of the American Association of Law Libraries.
"Although it’s too soon to give up on print reference collections, law libraries can play a constructive role in the transition to online sources by creating online reference collections. An online reference collection is a Web page with links to online equivalents of sources that can be found (or were once found) in print reference collections. Creating an online reference collection can help steer patrons towards reliable sources, while highlighting the strengths of a library’s subscription databases."