Favorite Library Resource: The New Books shelf (It has all the exciting new literature in all different fields)
Favorite Place to Work in the Library: Basement Group Study Room.
Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I enjoy doing research and digging for information and would like to be able to help others through this process. I also worked in the library since my first year at Reed. I learned so much about the resources available and wanted to share that knowledge with others.
Hardest thing about research: Knowing how to narrow down your topic while keeping it intriguing and interesting.
Favorite Place to Work in the Library: North Reference tables with the classic green lights.
Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I wanted to help people access all of the cool resources that Reed has and fulfill my dreams from freshman year.
Hardest thing about research: Coming up with an inclusive list of search terms.
Favorite thing about Reed: Moss*
Cool thing you did this summer: I taught myself to tie fancy knots and made fish glow.
*I went through >10 different ideas for my favorite thing about Reed, but moss is part of the reason I decided to apply here and I’m so incredibly grateful to have had the most intense and rewarding experiences of my life at Reed.
Although Reed College Library employs the best library staff ever (!), we also depend quite heavily on our awesome student employees. A group I am especially partial to is our Reference Assistants, specially trained juniors and seniors who work on the reference desk nights and weekends helping the Reed community do anything from printing a document to finding primary sources on the history of the american west. To help you all get to know these valued employees, we’ll be posting a profile of a different reference assistant every week.
Name: Connor Title: Lead Reference Assistant Year: Senior Major: American Studies-History
Favorite Library Resource: The A/C (especially in the Lobby and LL1 Southeast Stacks).
Favorite Place to Work in the Library: L2 Southeast Stacks. I enjoy the height.
Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I’ve worked in the Library since my first year at Reed, and I wanted to help make the Library feel accessible to all Reedies.
Hardest thing about research: Knowing when to stop.
Cool thing you did this summer: Got a Multnomah County Public Library Card. All Reed students are eligible! Ask the Ref Desk if you want help figuring out the application. [Note From Editor: Connor worked in the library all summer moving books, updating the Zotero Guide & beautifully writing the new blurbs on the main library page, among other things!]
New to Reed and want to know more about the library? Just getting back on campus after a summer away and want to know what’s new? Want a new mug? Come to one of our Library Tours! Friendly librarians will point out everything you need to know, including how to find class reserves and how not to get squished in the movable shelving and just where we moved the G’s.
If you live in a residence hall, check with your HA to find out your scheduled time. If you don’t or can’t make your scheduled time, just join one of our drop-in tours:
Don’t forget, the final copy of your thesis must be approved by the library before you can have it bound. To help you keep track of the process the steps are listed below:
Make all corrections requested by your Orals Board.
Bring a PRINT copy of your thesis to the library (L17) during the hours listed below. A librarian will check this copy for formatting and consistency. This copy will go straight to Printing Services to be copied and bound.
Take approved thesis and signed approval form to Printing Services.
Pick up bound theses and have your adviser sign the approval page of the two copies for the library.
Bring two signed copies of your thesis to the library for final check and turn in by May 12th at noon.
Librarians are available in L17 during the following times to check your thesis and accept your bound thesis:
May 3 – 5 1 pm – 5 pm
May 8 – 11 9 am – 7 pm
May 12 8 am – noon
If you can’t make these hours, email email@example.com and we can set an appointment!
Although Reed College Library employs the best library staff ever (!), we also depend quite heavily on our awesome student employees. A group I am especially partial to is our Reference Assistants!
Reference assistants are specially trained juniors and seniors who work on the reference desk nights and weekends helping the Reed community do anything from printing a document to finding primary sources on the Red Cross!
To help you all get to know these valued employees, we’ll be posting a profile of a different reference assistant every week.
This week’s reference assistant of the week (RAoW) is:
Name: Drew Title: Lead Reference Assistant Year: Senior Major: History
Thesis Topic: Um. It is the second week of classes. I don’t know yet!
Favorite Library Resource: Special Collections! (especially the old Quests)
Favorite Place to Work in the Library: My Secret Spot™ by the window (note from editor: Drew’s secret spot is no longer there. Sorry Drew!)
Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I remember a ref assistant helping me with a research project my freshman year and I wanted to be that for someone else.
Hardest thing about research: Coming up with a narrow enough topic to write, while still being broad enough to find enough sources.
Favorite thing about Reed: Very hard to answer. Maybe that there’s a dance based around watching Stop Making Sense twice every year.
Cool thing you did this summer: I worked for [redacted] , the best boss ever (note from editor: Drew spent the summer working with us in the library on a number of projects…One of which is code named VIRGIL. Watch this space! We will be sharing more information soon!)