xrefer Announces Online Reference Research Award

Ellen McCullough writes "xrefer, provider of online ready reference services to academic, public and corporate libraries, announced today that it is accepting proposals for a $1,000 grant to fund research focused on online reference usage in libraries. The award is open to librarians and to library students enrolled in ALA-accredited Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies in the United States and Canada.

"The purpose of the award is to encourage research on the use of online reference resources in libraries. The research topic is defined broadly and might include: differing patterns of usage of e-books versus Web-based resources; measures for successful integration of online reference resources; or usage of Web-based versus print resources.""Abstracts should be submitted by May 15, 2004 to ellen.mccullough@xrefer.com, and should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

"xrefer will select an award winner on June 15, 2004. Research should be completed by September 30, 2004, and xrefer will work with the chosen librarian or library student to publish or present the research findings in an appropriate venue in late 2004.

"About xrefer
"xrefer (www.xrefer.com) delivers technology-enhanced online reference services to libraries and their users worldwide. The company’s flexible subscription service, xreferplus, features authoritative, aggregated content from hundreds of reference books, with 1.7 million entries covering such subjects as medicine, art, technology and more. xreferplus adds value with proprietary cross-reference technology that integrates the content across topics, titles and publishers, enabling users to get accurate answers fast. Librarians and researchers can sign up for a free, 30-day trial at www.xreferplus.com.

For more information contact Ellen McCullough at (617) 426-5710, by e-mail at ellen.mccullough@xrefer.com, or by fax, (617) 426-3103."

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