Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gearing up for the start of the Academic Year (My fist at CW Post)

Cover of "Back To School (Extra-Curricula...Cover via AmazonThe time is almost here after a slow summer of trying to find stuff to keep me busy. I am prepping for the library section of the College 101 class that I am doing as well as prepping for covering the students that can't get into the library workshop hence they will need tutor or one-on-one time so they can eventually pass the library competency exam.

Add into those things that I have my first review in October/November and need to have my personal evaluation in by the beginning of October. Then there are the day-to-day duties such as covering the reference desk and the committee work that will be coming my way and the beginning of the term looks to be very busy and very stressful.

Tack on ongoing contract negotiations between the union and administration. Oy vey, what did I get myself in to?
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Students: Ask a Librarian? Huh...wha...

Czytelnia Humanistyczna BURImage via WikipediaAll hail the Twitter-verse! "All Hail" is my new favorite term so I may start every blog post with that phrase from now on so don't be startled at the lack of creativity and repetition soon to follow.

Now the reason for the accolades to Twitter is the article in USA Today that was tweeted by a librarian that I follow about student tendencies when using the library. It seems that most students don't bother to ask a librarian for help. Now, this is probably not too big of a shock to librarians but what is interesting about the article is that it cites a study which aimed to look at what students, professors and librarians think of the library and each other. What I found interesting about the results of the study was the perception that librarians had of students and the study claims that librarians overestimate the research skills of students and call out the myth of the digital native. Maybe, as librarians we need to rethink our approach to students and focus a bit more on curtailing the nasty habit of students just to Google something. Now, I know you are going to say that is what you do and that is an uphill battle you face everyday in your library job but I think we need to focus a bit more on teaching the students why the databases are more powerful and efficient search options and how to evaluate sources and what constitutes a good source.

Just some food for though.

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