The Highlighter: What does it take to become a librarian?
Before earning the position of Falvey librarian, each applicant undergoes a rigorous screening process that includes the following:
1. Spell “Boolean,” “authentication,” “tertiary” and “plagiarism.”
2. Teach a class on college-level academic research while balancing Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged on his/her head (poise counts!).
3. Simultaneously show a first-year student how to find resources for her research project, answer a Live-chat question about citing sources in APA style, and help a caller limit his search results to only peer-reviewed, full-text articles.
4. Exit his/her office; hurdle a laptop computer, a taut power cord, and a studying student; and greet the patron standing at the Information Desk within 20 seconds.
to become a Falvey librarian, a person must be—
– an expert both in scholarly research and in one or more academic disciplines,
– a caring person who possesses a stalwart service ethic, and
– a dedicated professional committed to your success.
Whether you are exploring possible research topics, already have a well-developed research question, need help citing sources, or have other research needs, Falvey librarians look forward to helping you accomplish your goals.
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Love #4 – it keeps us in shape!