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Ask a magician. Ask a librarian.

I’ll be honest. I was teary-eyed by the end: A Love Letter to Librarians. That said, it’s worth noting that as an academic librarian, I don’t feel this necessarily applies to me. And yet, the bibliothecarii of higher education ultimately perform the same duty. We introduce students to the mysteries of greater knowledge and the joy of delving deep into […]

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Goals for the 2015-2016 academic year: Reference

For the past fifteen years I’ve operated on an academic schedule. When September rolls around on the calendar, it begins to feel like New Years is approaching and I shift into resolutions mode. At my library we are in the midst of our annual review process so we are all thinking about what we’d like to see […]

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There’s more to reference

I, too, hesitate before telling a student my official job title, unsure of what associations the word reference may bring to mind, but I worry about the implications of stripping “reactive reference” from our service model: “Taking a reactive position in our reference work doesn’t fit with our users’ desire for self-sufficiency. They don’t want […]

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I am Morpheus

My favorite quote from this talk: I have this rather grand vision of myself as Morpheus from the Matrix. “Here, students, are two pills. Take the Red Pill and your life will never be the same again, the world of information will look fundamentally different, and there will be no turning back. Take the Blue […]

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The 3rd law

I spend hours trying to connect users to information resources. As a public services librarian, most of my week is spent in front of a classroom or working one-on-one with students trying to connect them to the resources they need for their assignments. Every reader his or her book. But how often do I give […]

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How do you define reference?

I’ve been thinking about the definition of reference. In fact, I was asked to define reference services at MPOW for a task force charged with determine ways to increase “discoverability” of library services. We ultimately defined reference as: “mediated information seeking which
 utilizes the expertise of librarians to connect users with library 
resources. This includes […]

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We’ve built the brand. Now let’s build celebrities

Does it matter that students don’t know what academic librarians do? Should we care that they usually cannot differentiate between student workers, staff members, and faculty librarians? If the answer to these is “yes,” then what can we do to improve the situation? These are the issues underlying the research of Rachel Bickly and Sheila […]