This study conducted a systematic sample of every 70th reference transaction from over a three-year period and analyzed 1,852 reference transactions asked at an academic library system's fifteen f2f service points as well as via telephone, e-mail, and chat. Findings indicate two-thirds of the total questions asked were location-based questions about the library. Also, 80.2 percent of location-based questions and 77.2 percent of subject-based questions were asked f2f. Analysis of location-based reference questions informs effective deployment of librarians and staff at library service points as well as the development of mobile library apps.
Bishop, Bradley Wade and Bartlett, Jennifer A., "Where Do We Go From Here?: Informing Academic Library Staffing through Reference Transaction Analysis" (2013). Information Science Faculty Publications. 1.