Friday, August 31, 2012

First Library Visit

Thursday was the first day I had to do research for our Foundations class.  Week 6 requires that we have a completed library center report so I decided to get an early start.  We have to observe two different libraries using what our professor calls a "critical eye".  For me, that means coming from a well-informed point of view.

I have decided that I will try and observe a prison library which means learning on how they operate.  The ALA put out standards in 1992 for adult correctional institutions and there are several new books about prison librarianship.

The USF library is immense and somewhat intimidating but I was able to talk to "Nancy" a very helpful reference librarian.  As soon as I told her I was an MLIS student, she not only told me the information I needed but also taught me how to find the information.  "This is what you are going to have to learn," she said with a helpful smile.

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