Variety is the Spice of the Library
There was a lot of variety in the reference questions last night. First, I had an IM reference question. A patron wanted to put The Godfather by Mario Puzo and the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack on hold. It was the first hold I placed for something that wasn’t available, so I learned something new.
A patron asked about books or journal articles having to do with the effects of drug use on teeth. I found two articles for her, and steered her in the direction of the books, so she could browse and find what she needed.
Then a patron wanted to know what the title of a book was by the first American to climb Mount Everest. The answer: A Life on the Edge by Jim Whittaker. Note to self: Whittaker is spelled with two t’s, not one. It makes finding an item in the catalog much easier if you know the correct spelling.
And then I helped a patron put money on a new copy card. I spent an hour or so on the reference desk before attending a class on Facebook that my site supervisor was holding. It was a very good class and an excellent example for me in planning my Flickr class.
Today, I will be doing more class planning, and also try to get more photos on the Flickr site.
I really love the variety of the reference desk questions we get. At VAPL, where I work the reference desk one weekend per month, it’s more repetitive, and the same type of questions are asked over and over again.