‘reference’ Category

Why We’re Here

In case you wondered why a smiling librarian is always sitting at a desk out in the middle of the library, we thought we’d try out a new sign. We mocked this up on paper after debating typefaces. (Team Serif won.) If we find that it helps people realize we’re not just faculty without offices […]

Gustavus Reference Services: A Student Perspective

Video of students at Gustavus talking about reference services in the library.  

Reference Services: Get to know your librarians!

Reference librarians.  At some point this semester, you’ll need them.  You’ll visit the reference desk, wondering what they can do for you.  You’ll discover librarians are masters at locating resources and extracting relevant information from the vast sea of materials at their disposal.  You’ll realize that with expert help, you now feel less overwhelmed, more […]

New Peer Reference Tutors – and Longer Hours

We know that as busy as students are, they often can’t really settle down to work on their papers until 9:00 pm or later And 10pm is when the librarians are yawning, hanging up the reference shingle, and heading to bed. (Okay, one of us is a night owl, but he’s the exception to the […]