Forget Valentine’s Day, February 14th is Library Lovers’ Day in Australia!
So to mark the occasion (which internationally is a whole month), break out your book bags and head down to your local library!
It might be a surprise but libraries have managed to stay with the times, on your trip you might find yourself marveling at all the new and wonderful resources.You might find a 3D printer, free wifi, a collection of eBooks and eAudio books, a larger collection of free to use resources such as family history access and not to mention a even larger number of books.
In light of the day you might even find a ‘Blind Date’ book selection, whereby books are wrapped in brown paper and only small hints about the plot revealed. When you borrow your ‘date,’ you get a literary surprise when you get home.
As a qualified librarian myself, you may say that I am unreasonably bias in the matter, but libraries have been around for thousands of years and will continue to stick around for even longer. So what are you waiting for? Go show your local library a little love!
If you would like to know more about what your library can do for you, check out my post, Library Services and You or simply have a quick look at my Library Month event from 2014.
Things I’ve learnt as a library student
You need to be open to change. As with anything if you’re not willing to change with technology and your industry, you’re going to get left behind. Early on in my course it become apparent that the library industry is one that has changed with the times, however it was not something that everyone has embraced. Therefore the need to not only change but to be open to it is needed within libraries as, as our patrons shift, so must we and the services we offer.
Libraries are more than just books. The old stereotype of dusty libraries is a relic of the past, today you are more likely to see library space used for communal computers or study space. Modern libraries have embraced a range of technologies are offer a number of different services ranging from digital, social and educational.
There are many different ways to search for information. Whether this is simply through a database, catalogue or simply on Google, there are many different ways to search. There are advanced search options in a large number of search functions that allow you to narrow down your search, using Boolean Operators will increase the amount of useful information returned. It is important to remember that not all of life’s answers are going to be on the first page of the Google results.