|Course:||5: Access and Outreach|
|Lesson:||Lesson 1: Good Reference and Access Practices|
|Topic:||Some Things To Consider|
Some Things To Consider
Maintain a staff manual or procedures book that records decisions, policies, and procedures. Keep the manual up to date and organized.
Collect standard reference materials when you can, such as dictionaries, atlases, publications that relate to your collections, local histories, and other publications related to your collections. If you are looking for reference materials, but arenít sure what you need, try contacting other libraries, archives, or museums in your area. They might be able to tell you what resources are the most helpful; and they might even have old or duplicate copies that they would be willing to give you. Also, if you have researchers that are working on local histories, family histories, or other items that relate to your collections and community, ask them if they would consider depositing a copy with your organization.
Refer users to other libraries or organizations with related materials, other reference tools, or different collections that could help them with their research. Keep the addresses and phone numbers of these kinds of organizations available for quick reference. Users appreciate these kinds of ďtips.Ē