April 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Reference and Research Assistance—at Lunch on Wednesdays in the Commons

The Commons is becoming the coolest place on campus to pull up a chair to study, and now library reference assistance is coming to the Commons over the lunch hour on Wednesdays for even greater convenience.

Starting Wednesday, March 28, students will be able consult with Reference Librarian Michelle Reale in the second floor of the Commons on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to  1 p.m.

Librarians are increasingly aware of all of the different study and collaborative work spaces on campus and think that giving good service means meeting students where they are. Decentralizing research services means that students do not have to walk over to the library if they are in the Commons on Wednesdays, because a librarian will be there.

Reale says that they will be looking to receive feedback on their research services from students—why or why not they think it is a good idea. If it proves worthwhile, hours and days may be extended. In the meantime, Reale will be posted in the Commons for 1 1/2 hours each Wednesday. She stressed that librarians are approachable and interested in helping. “Well, it’s our job!” Reale says.

No question is really too big or too small. “Reference Librarians can assist students, faculty, and staff with finding resources on their topic. We will also be glad to show you how to search our library catalog and online databases and, in general, how to find things in the library—all levels of research welcome,” says Reale.





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