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- Explore our space
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- Browse over 1000 items for loan
- Take a scavenger hunt
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Beginning Monday, June 28th, the Library will stay open later on most evenings. See below for our new schedule:
Ever wonder where to start? Need scholarly information for your paper, that your professor will accept? Need more than just the World Wide Web? Academic Search Premier (ASP), under our Find Articles and E-Books drop down menu, offers a great solution to all these questions and more. ASP offers a wide range of sources on an equally broad base of subjects, from accident analysis to zoology.
Simply try entering your topic into the search box or try some of the more advanced features. Some of the advanced searching features include “Subject Terms,” “Images,” limiting by publication date and type and an “Index” search function. If you need peer reviewed articles make sure to check off the “Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journal” selection under the search box. And if you need the article right away select the “Full Text” option. Don’t be afraid to experiment and play with all the buttons.
Academic Search Premier is a great starting point for your research. If you have any questions stop by or call (617-879-2222) the Library for further information or help with your research.
Welcome to part one in our Librarian Mythbusters series. While several stereotypes persist about people who work in Libraries, I’d like to tackle one in particular today:
Librarians have no style.
You’ve all heard and seen this stereotype in action. Does this tableau look familiar?
Dowdy skirt, sensible shoes, frumpy cardigan, glasses on a chain. Accessorize with a feline companion and some knitting supplies, and bam! Instant librarian stereotype.
While I could make the point that frowsy, unfashionable people exist in ALL professions, as do hip folks with a great sense of style, or delve deeper into librarian imagery throughout the ages and expound on why a disconnect still exists between what library professionals are perceived to do and what we actually do, I’d instead like to propose some updated stereotypes. Here are some accurate ones I’ve witnessed so far in this profession:
The Tech Geek Librarian
Librarians, with few exceptions, are some of the most technology-savvy people you’ll ever meet. It’s not uncommon to find refugees from IT departments or former software programmers working in libraries. As more and more information is available online, it’s important that librarians know their way around a computer!
The Nerdy Chic Librarian
Let’s get one thing straight: librarians may not be categorically unfashionable, but we are most definitely nerds. We love to read (both in print and online), we love to learn, and we love to teach others how to make the most of their own time spent reading and learning. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we can’t put a fashionable spin on an old stereotype.
The Power Librarian
Hopefully, no one out there still thinks that librarians sit around and read books for a living (and if you do– stay tuned for future installments of Librarian Mythbusters). Librarians have to be advocates for our profession, and this can mean lots of marketing and schmoozing. We absolutely need to look our professional best when explaining what we do, and asking for bigger budgets with which to do it!
The Guybrarian (also know as a…Librarian)
Just like Noah Wyle in the movie The Librarian, did you know that some library professionals are…MEN? It’s true!
I hope these updated librarian stereotypes shed some light on our role in 21st century. We are tech-savvy, information literate, and most importantly: fabulous!