ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

reference interview

Hello there! So, a reference interview is something that a librarian or a person who works at a library does to help someone find the information they need.

Let's say you want to write a report on lions. You go to the library and ask the librarian for some books on lions. Now, the librarian won't just give you any book on lions because there might be a lot of books on lions and not all of them might be helpful for your report.

So, the librarian will ask you some questions or have a little conversation with you to better understand what you need. The librarian might ask you things like:

1. Why do you need information on lions?
2. What kind of information do you need on lions?
3. Do you need information on their habitat, eating habits, or something else?

By asking these questions, the librarian can understand what kind of information you need and then help you find the books that have the information you need. This is what we call a reference interview!

So, the next time you need help at the library, don't be shy to talk to the librarian and ask for a reference interview!