Friday, August 19, 2011

Top Ten Services: 2...1...!

I know you've been waiting for it all week...and here they are, the top TWO services of the HNFE Librarian.

2.  Reference Services
As you've probably noticed by now, a lot of the services highlighted this week have been related.  Such is the case with reference services.  Reference services can certainly include help with literature reviews or bibliographic management, but they can also be a lot more than that.  Most librarians at University Libraries work 4-7 hours a week on the reference desk, and many offer office hours outside of that.  In one week, I generally work 6-7 hours on the SciTech Reference Desk (4th floor, Newman Library), and 3 hours in Wallace Atrium for HNFE Librarian Office Hours.  Reference librarians can be contacted by phone, email, and even instant message.  Check out our Ask a Librarian page for even more ways to get in touch with me, or any other librarian at VT.

At this point, you may be asking, "what exactly are reference services?"  Basically, reference services involves us answering your questions!  We answer questions from "where is the bathroom?" and "where is such and such a thesis?" to "where do I begin my dissertation work?" and "how do I use this database?"  If you have a question, we'll answer it or work with you to find the answer!  So definitely come and see us in the library, or visit with me during HNFE Librarian Office Hours this fall!

1.  Personal Librarianship
If you've been reading the blog this week, then you are well aware of the wide variety of services that we can help you with, here at University Libraries.  I've barely scratched the surface on the services that we offer (Interlibrary Loan?  Institutional Repository?  "Fun" books?), but I hope that what I have emphasized is that we are here to work with YOU.  Again, if you're reading this blog, then you are likely a member of VT's HNFE department; that means that I am your personal librarian.  I'm here to help you with research, guide you through the maze of information out there, and provide support in whatever way possible.  If you need something that I didn't talk about this week or that you don't see on the website, don't hesitate to ask me about it.  I'm here to help you!  Now that you know this, pass it on!  Let others know that I'm here to help.

While this blog does focus on a wide variety of topics related to research and information, I do highlight library services (like the ones I've highlighted this week) from time to time.  Use the tag library services to read related posts from the archive and catch future posts!

I'm looking forward to working with you this year!

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