[WEB4LIB] ESOTERIC LIBRARY FAQs
leita at wenet.net
Thu Aug 5 18:36:00 EDT 1999
I don't know about any academic ones, but in public libraries we call them
fugitive fact, tickler, ready reference, etc. files, and here are three we
have in the Librarians' Index to the Internet.
Fugitive Fact File - http://www.hennepin.lib.mn.us/catalog/fff_public.html
Locate hard-to-find and elusive information on thousands of topics
using this database. All
of the data and resources collected here have been used by library
staff to answer reference
questions. Results include answer, source, date, and Web site, if
pertinent. Since it's
maintained and regularly updated by Hennepin County Library (MN)
staff, many of the files
are Minnesota specific, but there are plenty of answers to
questions asked in all libraries.
Most libraries maintain a fugitive facts file but not many have
put it on-line for
Ready Reference Files - http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/
With a database subtitled Tricky-to-Find Information, Santa Cruz
Public Library joins the
growing list of libraries converting their "fugitive fact" or
"tickler" card files to electronic
databases. Searchable or browsable, and containing lots that's
useful to all, this is
definitely the place to start for that elusive California
information such as what E Clampus
Vitus is, a list of all the state librarians, and what Filoli
stands for. Links to pertinent Web
sites, when available, are included.
Reference Department Rolodex -
Reference "tickler" or "fugitive facts" file done by the
Clearwater Public Library (Florida).
Sources and dates of update given. Some information specific to
Florida, but enough
general information to be useful for browsing or a specific search.
At 08:57 AM 8/5/99 -0700, Gerry Mckiernan wrote:
> I am greatly interested in learning about examples of College or
>University LIBRARY FAQs that provide answers to commonly-asked or esoteric
>(or exotic) questions.
> I am *NOT* particulary interested in those FAQs that provide answers
> to basic (or advanced) _library instruction_ questions (How do I find a
> journal at XYZ library?) What is of interest are FAQs that provide
> significant coverage of questions are commonly-asked, were difficult to
> answer and/or of a unusual nature (e.g., the Iowa curve)..
Carole Leita, leita at wenet.net
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