Our next Journal Club meeting will be next Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 pm EST. We’ll discuss Samuel S. Green’s short article “Personal Relations between Librarians and Readers”: http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/jrichardson/DIS245/personal.htm. To join the meeting, click here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/774061733.
As you read, consider these questions (and please bring any of your own!):
- How does curiosity factor into your day to day job responsibilities and what role did it play in your decision to become a librarian?
- The author warns to “be careful not to make inquirers dependent.” What examples of dependency vs. effective teaching does the author point out?
- The author mentions “slyly consulting a dictionary” when unsure about a question he was asked. When you don’t know something at the reference desk or in the classroom, do you model your “figuring it out” process for users? Why or why not?
- How do you build relationships with people that might not feel comfortable approaching the reference desk?
- When Green states that some researchers may “need encouragement before they become ready to say freely what they want,” what do you think he means? How often do you come across this hurdle in your library?
- At the Frick, we have artists and researchers come in from time to time to, as Green puts it, “assist his imagination.” How can we as gatekeepers of collections assist with this type of request? How do you help researchers with queries looking for “suggestion and inspiration”?
We will only use GoToMeeting’s chat function. Audio will not be used. All are welcome!