It's a Great Sign...

...when you come back from a meeting and your face hurts from all the laughing. Yay for a fun group of librarians interested in podcasting!

We're discussing our initial test for when the ordered equipment comes in, and we're pondering a library tour (just in time for new students in the fall!). Since I'll probably be the designated "expert" talking on the podcast for the GovDocs area, I'm pondering what items to highlight in the brief time alloted during the tour. Here are my initial thoughts:
  • maps (specifically, geology students)
  • data
  • lots of historic data, sources
  • much of the information is public-domain
  • online resources
  • covers all subject areas
I don't want to overwhelm new students with information, but specifically want to point out how relevant and interesting Docs are. Any other great ideas?

Unrelated Banter:

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette says:

Graphic novels, Embracing

Every library has at least one librarian who is a graphic novel enthusiast. This person will argue vehemently for a new graphic novel collection for your library. Give him a paltry budget to spend each year just to shut him up. It will be money well spent.
Hee, hee. So there are others out there.


Amanda (the librarian) said...

Are y'all still using the tool where you log reference questions? You might look to see what some of the most common questions are and highlight some of those areas as well.

I'd also add income tax forms and publications to the list, both print (hah! If you're still getting any that way) and online.

Starrlett said...

That's a good point--I just used a report from that database to assess if our Saturday hours should shift or stay the same (the same, it turns out).

I bet I know our two most common questions--where's the bathroom and where is this call number (of one of those four flavors of call numbers on this floor). Does this point to a need for better signage, or what?

Yeah, tax stuff, good point. Since we *don't* get this any more, we printed up business cards with IRS phone numbers and URLs on them. But that's a resource I suppose we could highlight...

Amanda (the librarian) said...

I guess I should have specified most commom REFERENCE questions, not directional ;0. That database is wonderful. UNT should market the software.

Doesn't surprise me on the tax stuff. I was in charge of providing access to the forms and pubs at a public library for a couple years - I left just as the govt. was implementing the policy to provide less in print and point people to the online versions. Only trouble with that was then the library ended up picking up the cost of printing them out.