06 October 2016

Neat Idea -- Book-a-Librarian Service!

Neat Idea -- Book-a-Librarian Service!

I recently learned about a new service at the Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina that I think will benefit many visiting this facility.

We all love to visit libraries.  We do try to do our homework in advance. We definitely bring our patience.

With all that, sometimes there are questions you really could use answers to before you actually start diving into your research.  Unfortunately, you cannot always count on a librarian to be available to assist you beyond possibly answering some brief queries.

Well, that is now changing at this library where you can now schedule 30 Minute 1-1 Consultation time with a Reference Librarian.  These are great hard-working knowledgeable librarians and you will only benefit with spending 30 minutes picking their brains.  Though, please don’t exhaust their brain cells so much that the rest of us can’t have the same experience!

This is such a great idea – focused one-on-one time with a library specialist when you have a complex question that requires more than a minute or two to answer.

Though I wasn’t familiar with this concept before reading the above blog post, this intrepid researcher went looking to see what other similar programs she could unearth …

·        Brooklyn Public Library (NY)
·        Highland Park Public Library (IL)
·        Sno-Isle Libraries (WA)
·        Los Angeles Public Library (CA)
·        Lexington Public Library (KY)
·        Arapahoe Libraries (CO)
·        Austin (TX)
·        Search on Book-a-Librarian + (where you live or where you are going)

Besides community libraries, I also found that some University libraries have a similar service like University of Wyoming Libraries, University of Texas Libraries, and others.

And, of course, there are other state libraries with such a service as the Maine State Library.

I also found that this service is not limited to the United States, I found many mentions of participation by United Kingdom, Australian, and Canadian libraries.

This is such a great opportunity for you to get the “low down” on resources that might assist you with a research issue via an easy-to-use scheduling system that assures you the dedicated one-on-one attention of a librarian.  How can you lose?

Does your community have a Book-a-Librarian Program? Let us know.  Tell us how it has worked?

Have you “booked” time at a library you plan to visit?  Tell us how it benefited the quality of your time at the facility.

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