ERIC Number: EJ885394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 6
Things that Keep Us up at Night
Fitzpatrick, Kristen MacCartney; Walker, Willis C.
Public Services Quarterly, v2 n2-3 p231-238 2006
In this article, the authors share their experiences as librarians, and offer their perspectives on issues critical to the new academic librarian. When the authors sat down to sort through ideas for this article, it became apparent that while their backgrounds, coursework, and experiences differed considerably, their passions and concerns are more alike than not, and are those of students as much as librarians. This article presents the give and take between them. The first author, who recently started her career with the University Partnership Program at the IEEE, begins, followed by the second author, who is now a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Rutgers. The first author mentions that what she learned in working with students is: developing programs, policies, and practices for dealing with students, that do not actively embrace their individuality, and embrace it in context, is tantamount to failure. She adds that what keeps her awake at night is how one can create a comfortable, caring environment--a community--in which students' complex and developing everyday information seeking and sharing behaviors are recognized and addressed with the same vigor as the information skills determined important by academic institutions. The second author shares an incident that represents a complete disconnect between students and the entire library world. He suggests that if librarians concentrate on the users' needs, they would do a better job.
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Information Seeking, Information Skills, Librarians, Partnerships in Education, Universities, Personal Narratives, Search Engines, Search Strategies, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)