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Academic library reference service is vital to students. In the academic setting, reference service is closely tied to library instruction. Library instruction provides learning tools for the search for information. The academic library reinforces this idea by providing different channels for reference service, including the collection, the librarian, and instruction. Reference service can also be a part of open-ended semiosis for both the individual and the community. The academic library fosters relationships that create meaning through both self-creation and communal-creation.