Category Archives: Services

Read What You Love, Recommend What You Love

“Where is the classic American literature?” asks the young man who approaches my desk, baseball hat on backwards and pants sagging low. His friend stares down at his phone, seemingly uninterested in the exchange. “Well, that might depend. Are you … Continue reading

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The New and Improved Reference Desk

Christmas came early at the reference desk! The desk has finally been remodeled to make our presence in the Scholars’ Commons a little more welcoming and approachable. Gone are the days of patrons awkwardly towering above us or shouting for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Spirit, Revisited

Thanksgiving has come and passed, leaving the majority of us stuffed and satiated. Yet, as finals week looms like the darkest of clouds, poised to seep the remaining life force from students, it strikes me that perhaps we shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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A Confused Library User Turned Library Advocate

My first few years as an undergraduate were marked by an uneasy relationship with the school’s campus library. Every semester, as research papers and assignments rolled around, I dreaded the point when I would have to sit down and use … Continue reading

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To Badger or Not to Badger

“I knew I should just turn this question over to a reference librarian. You guys are like badgers.” I received this compliment (?) from a patron when I finally tracked down the article he was looking for after about 30 … Continue reading

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Concept Mapping for Information/Visual Literacy

Having worked as a reference assistant all summer, I noticed that patrons were often quick to poke their heads over my desk to peer at my computer as I explained how to navigate IUCAT or the library website. When I … Continue reading

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Digital Services with a Human Touch

January is now over and, hopefully, you are starting to settle into your classes and schedules. As it is still early in the semester many of you are probably not yet worried about the big paper or project you have … Continue reading

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IU-B African Studies Library: a Bountiful Research Collection

Are you someone who is interested in scholarly reference materials on Africa south of the Sahara? If so, look no further than your IU Bloomington Library! The 6th floor of the Wells Library has a vast collection of documents covering … Continue reading

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Get More Out of the Library!

Hey Hoosiers! You probably know that you can find books and articles at the library, but here’s a few things you can find at the library that you might not know about. 1. You might know that you can Ask … Continue reading

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RPS Libraries: Getting to know your “in-home” library

Dying to watch the new Iron Man 3 movie or to read Veronica Roth’s popular new series Divergent? Or maybe you’re in your pajamas, and it’s just too cold outside to leave your residence hall. Alas, these information needs can … Continue reading

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