Interesting Facts From School This Week:
This week we are learning about reference interactions. Happily for me, I work at a reference desk, so the readings and discussion are directly applicable. How do we help patrons answer questions and find what they’re looking for? Reference staff should conduct what is called the “reference interview” — finding out what a patron is really looking for beyond what they say. Here are some interesting quotes from the assignments:
- “Whether consulting the printed index of a book or searching the Internet for an obscure bit of information, good librarians often model and explain the process they go through to find information.” — from Crash Course in Reference by Charlotte Ford
- “‘Without speaking, she began to type. . .’ is a common complaint of library users. Librarians need to acknowledge the users’ questions, explaining before they begin typing, that they are going to check the online catalog. Otherwise, users feel that the librarian may not have heard their question, because they don’t know what the librarian is doing.”
- “In about one-third of Library Visit Study cases, users decided to cut their losses and start all over again with another staff member within the same library or in another library.” — from Conducting the Reference Interview by Catherine Sheldrick Ross.
- The best way to help a patron find information is by first asking question about what the want to know and how they plan to use the information. If the topic is embarrassing (for either patron or reference staff). Questions that help staff make sense of the patron’s request put the patron in control. — from Conducting the Reference Interview by Catherine Sheldrick Ross.
Our homework assignment for this week was to contact the reference desk of a library (not where we work) and ask a question we truly want to know more about. I asked the librarian to help me find some fiction starring fat women. It was a rather disappointing reference interview; however, I did end up finding some titles on my own after hours of searching, and you’ll see the results at the bottom of this page in my TBR.
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Tuesday I shared my interview with author Jayne Martin. Jane discussed her background in script writing and acting, and how that’s affected her flash fiction. Thank you so much for all your great questions, and thanks to Jayne for participating!
Thursday I was able to post my review of The Summer Queen by Joan D. Vinge. A mammoth yet wonderful novel that I could get totally lost in, but would recommend as an e-book so you can enlarge the font.
Snuck in last minute, I posted my conversation with Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku about Owlflight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixion on Saturday. We pondered a few basic questions as we finished the first book in the last trilogy of 2019 for #ReadingValdemar.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
We’ve officially started a new month, so on Tuesday I’ll share my November TBR. Please let me know which book reviews you’ll look forward to! I’ve changed up my reading plans a bit for November and plan to power through several library books, including some new releases.
Speaking of November, have you done anything to celebrate fall yet? I went to a library craft session at which we made book wreaths! Mine looks NOTHING like it’s supposed to, but I still think it’s cute. Ahhh, November.
Thursday will be exciting. Never before have I read an urban paranormal novel, but I did, and it was a got-damn hoot. The narrator is a fat tank of a woman, and she was so rough around the edges — and I loved her. I can wait for you to read my review of Drawing Dead by S.M. Reine. In fact, I was so exciting that I purchased the rest of the series.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
In The Room by Jonas Karlsson so far Bjorn is so awkward and stupidly cruel, but we’re getting closer to learning more about why he thinks he’s in a room when his colleagues see him staring at the wall like a weirdo.
I’m glad The Room is a novella, as I already have plans to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to my spouse next. I’m still listening to The Victorian City by Judith Flanders and was surprised to learn today that Scrooge’s feelings about the poor and their place in the workhouse were actually fairly common. *shudder*
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
As I mentioned, I added books from my search with the librarian. Some of the books I found after speaking with the librarian are part of a series, so here’s to hoping for several wins for my reading fat women goals! I bought the rest of the Dana McIntyre series by S.M. Reine. Also, I added another Joan D. Vinge series, as her writing is so strong. Lastly, thanks to Charles for his recommendation!