But what does a librarian do?!

Shall I tell you in librarian-speak, geek-speak, or normal language?!

  • Select and manage stock
  • Catalogue and classify library stock (that’s library-speak);
  • Input meta-data and ensure it fits the subject taxonomy (that’s geek-speak);
  • Or, in normal terms, ensure that materials are correctly described and categorised so that readers can find what they’re looking for.
  • Work with the readers to help them use the catalogue and other online resources.  This can involve …
  • User education
  • Writing leaflets
  • Answering queries
  • Giving tips as to better ways of searching the system
  • Being aware of current best-practice and useful online resources
  • Using our own extensive subject knowledge for the benefit of our readers

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