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What does a reference & instruction librarian do all day?

I remember wondering what a reference librarian did all day back when I was interviewing for reference librarian jobs. I’d been an on-call/fill-in librarian at a public library, and I’d been a part time librarian at a small university, but I still couldn’t quite imagine what these jobs would be like in their full-time versions.

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The Digital Humanities and the Librarian

Here at Carleton I’ve been tasked with helping to draft a proposal for a campus-wide digital humanities initiative and infrastructure. Being the librarian that I am, I’ve been spending a good deal of time reading the literature of the field in addition to investigating potential model programs at other institutions and pulling together what amounts

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Leveling Up on Chat Reference

Our library recently joined AskMN, the Minnesota cooperative of OCLC’s global QuestionPoint service. On the one hand, this is extremely exciting. We get to donate a few hours per week to the “global queue,” answering questions that people at other academic institutions ask but whose own librarians are either busy or gone for the day.

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