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: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,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.