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The answer to that question is complex, perhaps even more complex than we might imagine. In a study of 194 adults who read extensively for pleasure, Catherine Ross (2000; 1999) has explored this question in some detail. She found that even though readers of narrative stories often stated that they read merely to be entertained, further probing revealed that a certain book or books had made a diVerence to their lives in major ways. Examples included causing the reader to see a new perspective, providing a role model for identity, giving courage to make a change, or facilitating a greater understanding of the world (as in the case of reading Freedom at Midnight, a fictional account of the partition of India).
Kenney (2002) notes that ‘‘libraries must oVer this [electronic reference] service and they need to do it well; if they don’t someone else most certainly will’’ ( p. 47). IV. The Information-Seeking of Particular Populations A. Children and Young Adults Information-seeking research in a public library context is perhaps best known for its focus on specific user populations, reflective, perhaps, of our tendency to define this institution by the people it is intended to serve. One of the largest bodies of literature in this area is that which examines the information needs and activities of children and young adults.
162). All of this background work is important in creating an environment where readers understand that reading is valued, and where they will feel comfortable approaching librarians to talk about reading. When it comes to interacting with library patrons, Readers’ Advisory service uses some of the same best practices as the Reference Interview, but is quite a diVerent transaction. Shearer (1996) points out that: Unlike a reference transaction, the successful conclusion of a readers’ advisory transaction is not the provision of a fact or missing data, nor does it attempt to fill a known gap in an otherwise complete informational or knowledge framework.