…many’s the time I’ve walked into a good library and asked the reference librarians for help with something really chewy — the sort of thing I might otherwise pay a researcher to find. Unlike a paid researcher, reference librarians usually don’t just give you the answer, but rather take you by the hand and guide you through the use of library resources (including proprietary databases that aren’t accessible over your home Internet connection), giving you an education in problem-solving as well as the solution to your problem. (BoingBoing)
100% of the librarians at the Brentwood Public Library have their Masters in Library Science. What type of classes do you take for your Masters in Library Science? Depending on your concentration, it could be anything from Archives & Records Management to Young Adult Literature or Children’s literature. Lately, more and more librarian candidates are taught the ins and outs of Social Media, smartphones and tablets to show people how to use them. Above all, every Masters in Library Science candidate is taught how to research practically anything. We are even taught how to ask questions certain ways to get the information you are looking for! Try to stump the librarian this week and see if they can’t find the answer you’re looking for.
(Ask us in English, Spanish, French or Guajarat if you feel more comfortable that way, too.)