Like many of you, we love, appreciate, and use a lot of information technology.
However, for many people (especially those outside of the library profession) it’s easy to not realize that the most important and useful resource a library has to offer is not the technology but the librarians and library staff members who “power” the library.
The library world as a whole needs to a better job in promoting this fact and the fact that in many cases you can access a librarian 24×7 either in person, on the phone, or online.
Here’s a new article from The Heights, the student newspaper at Boston College, about some of the resources their library offers.
However, unlike similar articles, this one focuses on the value that the librarians at BC provide. Great to read.
From the Article:
When Adeane Bregman and her colleagues say “your tuition dollars at work,” the implications are far greater than they may seem. After all, Bregman, a former art librarian and currently the Interim Head of Research and Engagement Services at O’Neill Library, is “a librarian for life,” and not simply due to her own life choices. Students who are abroad, or even alumni who graduated years ago, may remember to come for the rest of their lives to Boston College librarians likeBregman and Claire O’Leary, the subject specialist for the Carroll School, for the kinds of support that only they can offer.
“We are not just a library where people come in to use the resources,” O’Leary said. “We meet you where you’re at.”
“The most important resource is us,” Bregman said. “We are interested in partnering with students and faculty to make sure that you’re the best that you can be. It’s not just giving you the books, or the tools, but knowing how they can best be used in your discipline.” In an increasingly digital age, the librarians have become more indispensable than ever.
“We want our Boston College graduates to be equipped,” Bregman said. Although many students and faculty do take advantage of the librarians’ wisdom, she hopes that the awareness will become still more universal, across the varied backgrounds among members of the BC community.
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