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Archive for September, 2012

Reference

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on September 23, 2012

Interestingly enough the reference questions have been about finding the reserves, checking out books, locating a book on the shelves. Yes, it is a new school year, and this group has not yet learned our system. They will soon and be “old hands” at it.

Since they closed a computer lab, we are busier than ever. Our computers are constantly busy in the evenings, with people waiting to use them. Yes, we have a good crop of “flash drives” left behind.

This afternoon, I have helped someone find a book in the “stacks.” No student knows that term! Also, helped several students find some books; directed some to the circulation desk; explained where reserves are; showed how to use the copy machine; filled up the printers with paper; and the evening is still very young.  Believe it or not, I enjoy reference most of the time. It is one of the more fulfilling jobs in the library, in my estimation. Getting instant feedback for your efforts is always gratifying.

So, if you need some background information on Olympic Games or Beowulf, or need an article about II Chronicles, etc., stop by the reference desk or contact us online!

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Where is the Library?

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on September 19, 2012

It’s a question that is asked from time to time, yet the library is not just a building. The library can be found online, too. We are accessible. I’m sure you knew that, but people forget that libraries can be used remotely.

As long as you have “privileges” you can use the library from a remote location. That is a ‘life saver” for students and can actually be a “life saver” if the information is critical to your well being. Let’s hope that it is more metaphorically used than actually being out of necessity. See you at the library? Or maybe, you are seeing me at the library now. Maybe not physically, but we are connecting.

The building will close, but the library will stay open for research 24/7.

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September

Posted by Librarian/Information Professional on September 19, 2012

The library “As Place.” Yes, it is true this year, so far. Lots of students. Some just want to print a paper. Some assigned to the library to “study.” Some just “need a book.” (Oh yes, the typical question to approach a librarian and they do really need some help).

Encouraging signs of this new year are some of the assignments. What does this passage of scripture mean? Find a book and some articles. Another assignment, create a list of 20 controversial topics for possible research. The next step? Narrow it down to a topic to write about. These assignments expect the students to find information to support their topic. Then must ask for a book in another library (Interlibrary Loan) They may start with the broad searches, and then narrow down to a specific databases. They get to expand their horizons and to see what can be found. They are learning resources are available and then using them. How about that!!

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