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Reference Collection

Function and Mission:
Reference librarians respond to questions and assist the public using the State Library's collections of books, federal documents and databases. The Library provides assistance by telephone, in person at service desks, and by e-mail and regular mail.

Reference librarians select materials for the general collection and items for the federal documents depository. These librarians also train state employees in the use of the Library's electronic resources and conducts workshops on reference work for public library staff.

The Reference Section offers the following resources:

• Ask-a-Librarian
Contact a reference librarian.

Useful Web Links
Go to a select list of web sites hand-picked by the State Library’s reference librarians.

Subject Guides
Find a list of topical reference guides to State Library and online resources.  Included are guides like “How to Get Money for Your Small Business,” “How to Repair Stuff,” and “How to Find Sheet Music for a Song.”

• Finding Study Guides for State Civil Service Exams: A Manual for Public and Institutional Libraries
Looking for study guides to take a test for a State job?  This manual provides information on every written exam currently in use and will help libraries find appropriate study guides for patrons who are seeking State employment.

• Books About Library Science
This library science bibliography features books of interest to librarians and library staff.  “Books About Library Science” is a selective list of new titles on library administration, organization and services with an emphasis on public libraries.  Most of the listed books were published within the last two years and added to the State Library collection in the last six months. “Books About Library Science” is updated every six months. The books on the list are available through interlibrary loan.