Wong edits book on reference and information services

Melissa Wong
Melissa Wong, Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer Melissa Wong and Laura Saunders, associate professor of library and information science at Simmons University, have co-edited a new book, Reference and Information Services, 6th edition, which was recently published by ABC-CLIO. The first half of the book establishes a foundation of knowledge on reference service and frames each topic with ethical and social justice perspectives, while the second half introduces tools and resources used by reference professionals.

"Linda Smith and Rich Bopp co-edited the first edition of Reference and Information Services: An Introduction nearly thirty years ago, and it has been a foundational text since that time. It was such an honor to have Linda entrust that legacy to Laura and me with the 6th edition. Of course, we are thrilled that Linda contributed the foreword and two chapters to this edition,” Wong said. “Many of our chapter authors have connections to the iSchool as well. It is always a pleasure to work with such talented colleagues, and I am grateful for their contributions to this edition."

iSchool-affiliated authors include Ritse Adefolalu (MS '17), Adjunct Lecturer Barbara Alvarez (MS '12), Stephanie Davis-Kahl (MS '98), Sarah Erekson (MS '04), Paul Healey (PhD '10), Affiliate Professor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (MS '94), Adjunct Lecturer Jeanne Holba-Puacz (MS '92), JoAnn Jacoby (MS '97), Kathleen Kern (MS '99), Associate Professor and Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Emily Knox (MS '03), Matt MacKellar (MS '18), Professor Emerita and Interim Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Linda C. Smith (MS '72), Dave Tyckoson (MS '78), and Wong (MS '94).

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