My first job after graduating with my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science was that of a Reference Librarian. Most people don’t realize the skill and training that reference librarians have. All the librarians I know love to learn and to help others find what they need. Shifts at the Reference Desk gave our brains a workout. Over the span of a few hours questions would range from patrons wanting to know
- What the yen was worth last Wednesday
- who was in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- a list of everyone related to the Queen of England
- whether the Wizard of Oz was fiction or nonfiction
- What animal Naugahyde comes from
- If we had any Shakespeare books written in English
Patrons often would bring things like rocks, tree branches and insects in and ask for our help in identifying them. All this searching came in handy – I could answer most questions while watching Jeopardy and almost always won games of Trivial Pursuit.
Reference librarians need to be at the top of their game when helping people look for books such as:
The Lion With the Wardrobe
The Hiding Place by Carrington Boone
How Teela Killed a Mocking bird
Nighttime with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Sir Gawain and the Green Mile.
Bury the Head that Wounded Me
The Red Bag of Courage
The job of Reference Librarians has changed in this age of Google but they are still the heart and soul of libraries and are there to help everyone!
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Have you ever asked a Reference Librarian for help?