Thursday, September 29, 2011

If only there was someone available to facilitate knowledge...

I had a wonderful, satisfying light bulb moment this week.  Apparently all my school/paper writing experiences up to this point did not adequately prepare me for searching databases for scholarly sources.  I was spending my evening attempting to find scholarly articles online (specifically, scholarly articles on piracy in the music industry); and coming up to dead ends at every turn.  Using SU's databases was not proving to be effective either.  (This is because I didn't know what I was doing.  Even in my frustrated state, I still could realize this on me; and was no fault of the school's website).  For some reason, nothing was working and I all I was accomplishing was becoming ever more upset.  I mean...I'm going to be a librarian, for crying out loud- I'm the one who will be helping other people find information, and I can't even find any scholarly articles?  This was a little disconcerting.  And then I had my light bulb moment.  Librarians help people find information...I'm a person...and I need information.  What a drastic idea, asking a librarian for help?!?  Here I have been attending classes for a month now specifically teaching the role of librarians, yet it didn't even occur to me that I could be one of those people on the receiving end of that interaction!  The realization was quite invigorating.  The next day, I shuffled off to the SU library to have my very first (and successful; the librarian I spoke with was lovely and as helpful as could be) reference interview.  I knew my first reference interview was going to be coming up soon, I just didn't realize I wasn't going to be the all-knowing librarian in the situation.   

Also something I discovered this week:,,20190897_20437960,00.html  Entertainment Weekly's list of 18 Wild Trips to the Library.  18 of the best movie scenes featuring a library...I love when libraries are made to look appealing. 

1 comment:

  1. That's what I call one of those aha moments! Enjoyed your post.