Lessons. Week One.

Hello fair readers!

I have officially finished one week as a librarian!  And how do I feel about this?

Pretty damn tired.

But! I’m also so excited and learning so much.  I thought I would share with you some of the things I’m learning as my first week of as a Reference Librarian.

Lesson #1:

Not all libraries work completely from their website.

I’m just going to be fair and say that some libraries websites are just more useful and stronger than others.  I came from a library where the majority of questions I would start from the website.  However in my current library, I work almost completely from the Metropolitan Library System‘s website.  And specifically from SWAN, the shared library catalog of 80 member libraries.  And SWAN rocks.  It corrects mispellings, has pictures of books, and even enables users to pay their fines online, a useful thing some other urban libraries (ahem CPL! ahem) should really add to their system.

Lesson #2:

People love….let me restate this….LOVE urban fiction, romance, and mysteries.

Seriously.  I had no idea how popular urban fiction was.  It is damn popular.  I have placed probably at least 50 ILL requests and located just as many in our own library.  And you know who is really popular?  Zane.  Omg Zane.  I didn’t even know who Zane was before this week.  I think she rides the lines somewhere between Romance and Urban Fiction.  I”m not sure.  Now I must say that I’m fairly tempted to place a hold on Dear G-Spot just to see what the big deal is.

Lesson #3:

At a small public library you actually can get by with just a few essential databases such as Reference USA, ESBSCO host, and OCLC databases.

OK I’m going to be honest.  I was frightened to go from Northwestern University Libraries’ massive electronic resources to 6-7 databases.  But you know what?  I’m getting by.  And not just getting by, it’s going fine.  I’m actually pulling out all that book knowledge gained from my Reference courses at Dominican University and utilizing it.  And a lot of people are actually more comfortable roaming the reference section than launching into databases.  I had no idea.  I understand this lesson doesn’t always apply.  But it was a big lesson for me this week.

So those are the main lessons so far.  And I will certainly keep you updated.  But you know what rocks?

Being a real librarian.  I love it.  And it feels so good.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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6 responses to “Lessons. Week One.

  1. Congratulations! I can almost feel your excitement, which is good to remember. Things have been pretty down lately around our library for a variety of reasons, and I try to remember to remain positive.

  2. enzymic says : I absolutely agree with this !

  3. Thanks enzymic! 🙂

  4. Hey Leah, so happy for you, I knew you’d like public.
    It is funny how people are very wary of online databases isn’t it. Even young people want to see stuff in books-and they say books are dead-HA!
    Hope to see you soon for a Buffy night.
    l

  5. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Colloquy
    .

  6. Umm ok. I guess this post is intended for readers who understand I just started my library job.

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