Think of them as research accelerators,
personal coaches …
… we call them “subject librarians.”
Today’s subject librarian—Business Librarian Linda Hauck
What are the challenges for business students who want to use the Library?
LH—Many of the key business sources are not designed with libraries in mind. Their primary customers are business professionals; consequently, they don’t integrate well with library discovery systems making it challenging for students to find the specialized resources they need for course work.
What resources does the Library offer to help business students overcome those challenges?
LH—I design subject guides and course guides that highlight relevant databases. Because many of these databases look and feel very different from typical scholarly article databases, I make tutorials and videos to demonstrate how to use them. Of course, I encourage students to drop into my office at Falvey 222 or make an appointment (https://vubusinesslibrarian.youcanbook.me/ ) with me to learn about how to gather credible competitive intelligence on people, companies and industries.
What do you wish business students knew about you, about the Library?
LH— I recognize that students are juggling coursework, community commitments, athletics and jobs, leaving little room for wasted energy. For most students research is not the ends, but the means to solving problems, understanding and assessing others work product or creating something new of value. At the library, we’re all about facilitating students goals by sharing efficient research tools and techniques.
What do you like best about being a librarian?
LH—Being a research support librarian allows me to wear different hats. I select materials, teach, do consulting, assess services and negotiate with vendors. Best of all there is always something new to learn!
What do you like best about working with Villanova students?
LH—Villanova students are bright and driven but still consistently courteous.
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