As much as I would love to post here every week, it hasn’t been possible. I have managed only once so far this month. Today’s post is scheduled for Christmas Day, which means you’re probably reading it later.
You are used to going to librarians to ask questions. This time, the librarian (that’s me) has a question for you. It’s at the bottom of the page.
Here’s a compilation of earlier posts about librarians and library staff, only one of which has anything to do with Christmas at all. If you’re really looking for fresh, Christmas-related content, be sure to catch the post on Musicology for Everyone about Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols This year is the centennial of Britten’s birth.
Librarians at work
The librarian’s job Maybe the old stereotype of a librarian as woman with bad hair and an aversion to conversation is dead, but lots of people still don’t get what a librarian does.
- Helping the reference librarian help you Librarians conduct a “reference interview” to learn what you need to know. Knowing what they will ask and how to answer will help both of you get to your answer.
- Reference librarians reach out Reference librarians don’t just sit at a desk waiting for patrons to come to them. They also have all kinds of ways to reach out to patrons, both high and low tech.
- Circ staff: the most visible people at the library You might not see catalogers, administrators, etc. at the library. Some don’t have reference desks any more. But you will see the circ staff. Get to know them.
- Catalogers: the invisible librarians Catalogers aren’t really invisible. They just work outside the public eye. Their work is vital to library services, and very visible to the public.
- Library staff: the paraprofessional Gone are the days when only librarians and clerks worked in libraries. Highly skilled paraprofessionals take on critical responsibilities in every department.
The librarian left the building
Reference librarians reach out: low tech this time Seattle Public Library sends librarians and books all over the city. Riding a bicycle to tow the book display.
- Bookmobile: when the library comes to you American libraries began to offer bookmobile service more than a century ago. Bookmobiles are still as important as ever and offer more services than ever.
Librarians at play
Librarians do . . . parodies of popular songs and all kinds of fun, creative things! Three great videos on one page.
- Presenting library book cart drill teams (!?!) Can pushing library book carts be creative? If combined with aspects of marching drills and ballet it can. Enjoy these videos.
- National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints, repurposed for Christmas! History’s most mammoth publishing project took up 130 feet of shelf space, but before long, people consulted WorldCat instead. It makes a great Christmas tree!
Are you a librarian or a frequent library user? I would love to publish guest posts here.
So far as I know, Reading, Writing, Research is the only blog by a librarian that is not aimed either at other librarians or the patrons of a specific library. If something is happening in your library that you want the general public to know about, let me be your soapbox!
If you have something to write, let’s correspond. Write to me at email@example.com
Barbarian librarian. Some rights reserved by Glamour Schatz.
Catalogers at work. Some rights reserved by sundaykofax. [Link to Flickr no longer works.]
Bookmobile. Some rights reserved by Loyola Marymount University Library.
NUC Christmas tree foundation. Some rights reserved by Monterey Public Library.