The Effect of Bibliographic Instruction on the Demand for Reference Services

E. Stewart Saunders, Purdue University

Document Type Article


If the effect of bibliographic instruction is to create a more self reliant library user and information seeker, does this mean that bibliographic instruction programs lead to a decline in the demand for reference services? This research analyzes the data for 83 ARL academic libraries over a six year period. A regression equation fitted the data. Each student receiving bibliographic instruction increased the reference demand by two to seven questions.