We’re now past the semester’s mid-point! I’ve turned in a few larger assignments and am spending probably 60% of my study-time on the long-term projects that stand in for final exams. You might say I’m past the point of no return, for this semester at least.
Lately my classes have moved out of the more theory-based discussions and into practical lessons on search techniques and reference interviews. In many ways this is a huge relief. While the theories on information seeking behavior were certainly interesting, it’s nice to have concrete skills to refer to when friends and family ask me how I as a librarian could personally assist them. Not everyone is swayed by the idealistic arguments for libraries as information stewards and community lynch-pins, safeguarding humanities knowledge for future generations.
In other news, I was lucky enough to be part of an ALA sponsored trip to the library at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center last week! This library primarily serves the researchers at Goddard so they do a lot of citation and literature reviews in support of NASA research, but they also answer questions from the public (as time permits). Most of their work is done online and in databases, but there is a large collection of print materials onsite. If you need specific historical records of a spaceflight or information about one of NASA’s many earth science experiments, this would be a good place to investigate.
My first post on HackLibrarySchool is coming up in a few weeks, so stay tuned.