Library Internships, taking advantage of them.

I will be starting my library internship next semester and I’m a bit nervous but looking forward to the opportunity of working in a library and putting to practice what I have been taught at COSTAATT from all my lecturers!

 WHAT SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT?

Skills, knowledge, and abilities key to success as a Librarian include the following:

  • Information Organization – Finding ways to structure or classify multiple pieces of information.
  • Information Gathering – Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information.
  • Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Category Flexibility – The ability to produce many rules so that each rule tells how to group or combine a set of things in a different way.
  • Information Ordering – The ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order.
  • Instructing – Teaching others how to do something.

 WHAT’S THE WORK ENVIRONMENT?

Work schedules for Librarians directly serving the public may be busy, demanding, and even stressful. Answering the information needs of people and teaching them to use library resources can be taxing.

The job may require much standing, stooping, bending, and reaching. Acquisitions and Catalogue Librarians often work all day at desks or computer terminals. Constant work at video display terminals can cause headaches and eyestrain.

Membership in professional associations keeps Librarians aware of the constantly changing array of technology that is reshaping library services.

 

 

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Greening your library: save money and the environment

 
Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on March 31, 2012 – 9:37pm

Your library is vital to connecting citizens with the knowledge and tools to change habits and lessen our impact on the Earth’s limited resources, and it all starts with leading by example. In this workshop Kathryn Miller, author of Public Libraries Going Green, will discuss practical ideas for how to become green, teach green, and lead green.  Miller will introduce environmentally-friendly, money-saving initiatives that fit your existing building and services. Ideas for hands-on activities, such as rain barrels or butterfly gardens, will help you raise awareness and get your community involved.

Topics include:

  • What it means to be green
  • Ideas for your action plan
  • Socially responsible collection management, from purchase to disposal
  • Program ideas for children, young adults, and adults

Also from my RSS feed…

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there comes The Tech Set

If you’ve been watching M&A activity in the library-literature space, you know that Neal-Schuman joined ALA Publishing back in December. Among the plums are the 10 new titles for THE TECH SET. The authors of books 1-10, Series Editor Ellyssa Kroski, and the Neal-Schuman staff were honored with the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Books in Library Literature. Following this success comes the next set, ready for the printer, with June pub dates. Here’s what Ellyssa and her team of authors have worked up for you. From my RSS feed, check it out!

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library quotes

From Alexa’s blog I thought this really inspiring ‘library quotes’, I especially like this one “A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has the right to bring up children without surrounding them with books…children learn to read being in the presence of books. -Horace mann (1796-1859).

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grandma home remedies

I particularly always love scented candles in fact I try to keep a collection because it is soothing, I thought Natalie’s “grandma remedies” quite interesting especially, vanilla extract which seems to be a popular flavoring found in kitchens all over the world. From making pastries, cakes and other desserts taste better, there are other lesser known uses for the extract. I will try to attempt this one…

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good user experience

Commenting on one of my classmate Lisa’s blog on “ensuring a good user experience” We all know a poor experience with anyone can be fatal so…

A good experience is essential for a client/user  return. Happy client/user recommends your library to others, and people are much more likely to visit a place from somewhere that has been recommended by a friend. Happy clients/users are walking, talking billboards, which are a great way to drum up business!

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blogs

I wanted to know the reasons why people use blogs so  this when I came across “what are blog?” I thought the information good and informative to post on my blog.

Libraries use so many different types of research tools in these times to get information out to their client/users quickly and receive comments, so blogging is one way in which to utilize this up-graded technology to do so, isn’t it great?

They are also interactive in nature and allows you to run and manage a website that can be updated with new content easily without having to worry about the design and code of your site. A blog has advantages for business owners and people looking to make a living from the Internet as well.

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Open source

Shermel my classmate posted ‘Libraries and open source’ I thought this interesting since we constantly about the advancement of technology…”Digital information has drastically changed the library profession. Print media is dead. But libraries remain physical repositories for printed books. They are not seen as distributors of digital information. Google is. Like Google, libraries created cataloging systems to organize and control physical library collections. Google does something similar with their retrieval system and the way they retrieve information…”

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Humour

I do believe that its always good to laugh a little, a few classmates (Alexa & Vidya) including myself seems to think that this is so true. Vidya posted a “fun facts about libraries” and “library jokes“. My other classmate posted a picture on “new aggressive book return policy” it all gives a sense of a relaxed atmosphere after any stressed out work day.

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Time

OMG! Wow! How time has changed! on a post from Vidya’s blog she talks about the evolution of changed, I think that it is great how we have given way to new and refined information through computers and how we have adapted ourselves to it.

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