As some of you know, I recently started an 8 month co-op position at the James A. Gibson Library, Brock University in St. Catharines, ON. I’m really enjoying my time at the library so far- everyone here is super friendly and I’m learning so much and getting lots of great experience. The time is flying by- it’s hard to believe that I’ve been here a month already! (or maybe it’s not really that surprising looking back at my Outlook calendar- that thing saves my life on a daily basis..)
So, with the first month in, and with so many of you asking how I’m making out, I decided to write a post on what I’ve been up to this past month or so. Here are a few of the projects that I’ve been involved with so far:
Yes- I got to do my first instruction session a couple weeks ago for a first year Nursing class!! I showed the students various search strategies, the power of keywords, and SuperSearch- Brock’s discovery layer. I think it went really well- and it’s great to be back teaching once again! Last week, I got to show some third year Health Science students PsycINFO and taught some upper year Nursing students how to search for background information on their topics. It also sounds like I might get the chance to do some instruction in the Humanities (English Literature? yes please!) and Social Sciences either this term or next. It turns out that September is a busy instruction time for librarians – and librarians in training.
I’ve also been helping my supervisor with Health Sciences in-person reference interviews. They recently took out the reference desk here at Brock and now there is only a circulation desk. However, students can book one-on-one appointments with librarians using the Book Me calendars on the librarians’ respective webpages or by email. Besides in-person reference, I’m also helping to staff the Ask a Librarian virtual reference chat for 2 hours per week (this is on top of volunteering 2 hours a week with askON- the college chat reference service).
The first couple of weeks after I started, I helped with data curation and marketing library services and events through the Personal Librarian Program. The Personal Librarian Program is designed to introduce students entering Brock University to the many resources, tools and services available through the library. Students in select programs are then contacted by their personal librarian (I’m doing Sports Management and Health Sciences) occasionally throughout the year.
Right now, I’m also working on promotional materials and events for Open Access Week. Finally, I’m participating in a drop-in clinic for graduate student research help and planning a de-stress event for next week- Research Week.
Some upcoming projects:
- Creating instructional videos and tutorials (e-learning) and quizzes for Sakai- Brock’s learning management system
- Editing and creating new LibGuides for the Social Justice program and for Health Sciences
- Helping to audit the existing library website for a User Experience project as they look at moving to a new content management system (CMS)
Well, that’s my first month under wraps, folks. Cheers to new beginnings..and looking forward to seeing what October has in store.
It’s been quite the year!