Thursday, April 14, 2005

So far tonight (3 hour shift, very slow):
  • Where can I find a book I can take and use in my faculty carrel that gives biographies of 20th century British politicians ? (The Oxford Companion that we keep in Ref had no previous editions in the stacks. Int Yearbk and Statemsn's Who's Who not specific enough.)
  • Do you have any books on how to write resumes?
  • Where can I find some introductory-level literary criticism of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
  • Where can we find a diagram of fetal pig anatomy? Our teacher told us to find out what the muscles are, and our textbook doesn't give us enough information. We need it now. (Our only books on fetal pig anatomy, at least specifically, are in storage. We couldn't find anything online that actually answered their question. Send them to the animal anatomy/dissection section over in the Science Library.)
  • Where can I find information about Baikal seals?
  • How can I find books published by academic (university) presses about mercury emissions?
  • Where can I find peer-reviewed articles about wind-generated power?

Taught a couple of good classes this week, to the FIG TAs. This hasn't been done in our library before, as far as I know--this wrangling of all the TAs into classes in spring term, before they write their library assignments, in the hopes of seeing some better output in the fall. It had ups and downs, but overall I think it went well. The students were receptive, intelligent, participatory.

It was interesting to get their take on what freshmen need to know. They wanted to make sure the students get practical skills, like how to get to e-reserves. We (librarians) want to make sure the students get concepts, like how to find articles in the databases. There's some disconnect there, but it was also really interesting to hear these undergrads coming up with ideas for engaging freshmen in the library more. They're well aware that there's a problem, that some students never come to the library at all, and that generally speaking, more and more students just pull whatever they can find off the Internet, and call it good. We agree on that, at least. We're hoping to get another chance to talk with them about this in the fall.

In other news, the Oregon Supreme Court invalidated the Multnomah County same-sex marriages today. This depresses me.


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