June 24, 2021

University of Georgia: “Niche Librarian Locates Books Around the Globe During the Pandemic”

From the University of Georgia:

Susan Morris (Source: University of Georgia)

Susan Morris occupies a niche corner of the library world. She is an interlibrary loan librarian, a kind of librarian between libraries. Morris and her team help UGA faculty and students receive critical research materials and books from libraries all over the world, and also facilitate the lending of UGA materials to other places.

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“It’s sort of an oddball part of the library, but I like it,” said Morris, who has been a librarian for almost 40 years.Morris’ job is part detective and part conductor. “A lot of people say they want to become a librarian because they love to read, but it’s not about that really. It’s about hunting for information. You can find anything you want if you have the patience and wherewithal to look for it,” she said. “We can usually find where something exists. But whether the other library will lend it to us – that’s a whole different question.” Trickiest to locate are unique materials like items in a local history collection.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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