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Why am I a librarian? I don't really have a concise answer to that question. The entire process leading to "librarian" was a bit organic. I've always admired librarians. They always seemed to KNOW things. When I was 8 years old they knew how to help me find the "grown up" books my precocious-little-self wanted to read. During my young undergrad years they seemed to know how to answer questions that I didn't even know how to ask (BTW, this is a trade secret ... or a superpower if you are more inclined to the imaginative). I spent many hours in the library to complete a B.A. in English and managed to flounder my way through the research process to generate quite acceptable papers, but I didn't like floundering. Floundering was inelegant and inefficient. Fortunately, I mentioned this frustration ... to a librarian. The ink was barely dry on my diploma when I found myself entering a graduate program to learn the art of Library and Information Science. Yes, it is both an art and a science but that is a post for another day.
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Students are required to research and write papers, but do not generally arrive at collegiate life equipped to deal with either the library or the complex world of information. They often flounder about and sometimes even produce excellent papers and presentations but ... they flounder. Project Information Literacy ("a large-scale study about early adults and their research habits") has found that students fear and are overwhelmed by research assignments, but they are also excited and intrigued. The most difficult part of research for them? Getting started.
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What I seek to do as a Reference and Instruction Librarian is help students see where they are in the process (or journey), understand the pathways through the complex world of information, and help them map the best route to get where they need to go.
Remember, we are here to help!