The future of the academic librarian is now...
I would come in here and literally for hours be researching. I finally realized, "whoa, I need to just read some of these things." Because I had this much paper printed out [spreads fingers to about 1"] and like 15 books, seriously.
first year student in music studies
It's really hard to just search, because you can be searching and searching and then oftentimes you can try different keywords and it will bring this wealth of information that you could easily be overlooking if you didn;t do an exaustive search..so the information is there and the system is there but I think, as students, it's hard to pull it out becayse there's so much out there.
junior in psychology
Tales from the front lines
It would have to be choosing a topic because that's the hardest. Beecause informatio you can find it pretty much everywhere these days and validating it takes some time - but you can do it. And the rest is simple/ I think the hardest part is finding a topic and deciding on something, because there is so much you can do.
First is the lack of understanding of what librarians can actually provide. Students still tend to view librarians as a way to access information, as opposed to additionally assisting with comprehension and evaluation. Futhermore, is the student perception of faculty as experts at both reserach topics and the research process. Therefor "overestimating the specificty of their topics and underestimating (or not even considering) librarian's ability to help, students will ask professors rather than librarians." (Duke & Asher, 2011).
I really don't know much of what they [librarians] actually do...in terms of research. My idea is that they're there if I ask, "I can't find this book. Would you help me find it? Where's the aisle?...Kind of that way - directions more than anything else.
senior psychology major
finding help: how students perceive librarians
My feeling is they're [librarians] not there to help me. I know it sounds kind of wierd, but...I guess they're busy...they're doing something else, like...[with my] professor, I feel, at least I paid for the class and...and I can at least use your office hours or something like that. With someboady that I have no connection [to] in any way it's like, why ask you?
senior psychology major
When considering the reason that students seek guidance from family and friends, once again, the established relationship becomes a singular influence. Going to classmates for help may be a result of a student's attempt to determine the professor's expecation. However, "students are also seeking help from peers and families because students are habitually in contact with them...familiarity and positive experiences with peers and family mean that students will want to go to them for help." (Duke & Asher, 2011).
In class, you know, everyone was pretty much checking with each other, "Okay, well, where are you at? Did you have any problems with the reserach information?...Were you finding incomplete materials? Original sources?"
senior business major
finding help: how student perceive librarians
I went to my dad and was like "Dad, help me," because he has a bachelor's.
how students perceive the library
On a more detailed level, it is clear that students still view the library as a place where one can access information, rather than a physical space where "people congregate, think and collaborate" (Evans & Alire, 2013, p. 485).
Interestingly, the largest descrepancy between positive and negative impressions is found within the area of "user services", which in this study was most commonly identified by the following areas:
- Limited hours of operation
- Library fees and/or policies
- Return dates and other circulation limitations
- Use of online catalogue
*This particular piece of data re-inforces the LA Times opinion piece in which libraries were viewed as confining in relation to the freedom of the Internet.
Yes, sometimes this is what working with students (and faculty) an feel like.
*Although the title of this is actually "Medieval Tech Support" - the identical nature of information literacy education made this very relevant (and funny).
The academic librarian
what its like on the other side....