3 Lessons I Learned from a Reference Librarian
Day in the Life / Professional Life / Specializations

3 Lessons I Learned from a Reference Librarian

Reference librarian: A librarian employed in a reference department who is responsible for providing helpful information in response to questions posed by users of the library.   Reference librarianship is well ingrained into all areas of librarianship. Whether your focus is systems, youth services, access services, adaptive technology or archives, it is very likely you … Continue reading

Peering Down the Rabbit Hole: Prefacing the MLIS with Work Experience
Behind the Scenes / So What Do You Do?

Peering Down the Rabbit Hole: Prefacing the MLIS with Work Experience

I still have two weeks until I even start classes for my MLIS degree. I’m starting to feel like Alice peering down the rabbit hole, waiting to fall. Unlike Alice, however, I feel prepared with some useful tools and know-how for my journey. I certainly won’t unquestioningly consume any strange packages that say “EAT ME” after … Continue reading

<del>Hack </del>Quirk Your Demonstrations
Digital Humanities / Professional Life

Hack Quirk Your Demonstrations

Many library positions will involve some element of instruction or demonstrating tools or resources. It’s likely that most will, when you think beyond formal instruction sessions and start to consider situations such as informal demonstrations of tools to colleagues or supervisors. This post is about one simple technique that can make instruction or demonstration a … Continue reading

Student-led innovation: Part 2
Advocacy & Activism / Education & Curriculum

Student-led innovation: Part 2

Last month, I wrote about introducing social justice into the LIS curriculum, and offered specific ideas for incorporating social justice in a required “Organization of Information” class. Today I’ll offer ideas for incorporating social justice in an “Information Sources and Services” class. This class is probably the easiest of the core courses to address social … Continue reading