Reference Assistant Spotlight: Connor

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.

Connor, friendly & helpful at the atlases!
Connor, friendly & helpful at the atlases!

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.

Favorite thing about Reed: The American Studies Colloquium!

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!]

Reference Assistant Spotlight

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:

Drew, friendly & helpful at the reference desk!
Drew, friendly & helpful at the reference desk!

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!)

New Library System, Intro Workshops

The new library catalog is now live! Join us for an introductory workshop on best practices for navigating the new catalog. Contact a librarian (http://info.library.reed.edu/ask/) with any questions.

The workshops are scheduled for:

Wednesday, January 29 @ 3pm in L17

Thursday, January 30 @ 10am in L17

Friday, January 31 @ 3pm in the PARC

Tuesday, February 4 @ 4pm in the PARC

Wednesday, February 5 @ 11am in L17

Friday, February 7 @ 1pm in L17

For more information, visit:
http://libguides.reed.edu/librarysystem.

Help Build the Digital Thesis Tower

Hey seniors – join your comrades in the Reed College Digital Thesis Tower!

Add your thesis to the Reed Senior Theses online archive and help build the digital thesis tower. Submit your thesis after you’ve completed your orals, made last corrections, and sent your thesis for printing. The version should be identical to your final, printed thesis. Participation is completely voluntary and does not replace your printed, bound thesis.

Go to the Electronic Thesis Information Page for details.

For more information or help with the process contact Angie Beiriger, Digital Assets Librarian, or send a message to etheses@lists.reed.edu.


 

 

 

 

Free pizza – Library website usability groups

The Reed College Library will be holding a couple of informal usability groups to help improve the library’s website and gather input about eTheses in Reed Digital Collections.  Come enjoy some free pizza and help us make the library better for you!

Come for lunch,

Wednesday March 31sth, noon-1pm in Library 17

Prefer dinner?

Wednesday March 31st, 4:30-5:30 in Library 17

Questions?  Contact Rachel Bridgewater or Joanna Burgess

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month!  To celebrate, we’d like to draw your attention to some of the great online primary source collections available from the Reed Library that are related to women’s history.  Note: you must be on-campus or using the proxy from off-campus in order to access these.

  • Gerritsen Collection: Women’s History Online
    A digital archive of books, pamphlets, and periodicals reflecting the revolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages.
    Coverage Dates: 1543 – 1945
  • Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online
    Collection of primary source documents drawn from letters, diaries, and oral histories. This database pulls together content from all of the Alexander Street Press Letters and Diaries databases including North American Women’s Letters and Diaries.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States
    A digital archive of historical primary documents and reference material.
    Coverage Dates: 1600 – 2000

Want to find out about more terrific resources for researching women’s history and gender issues?  Check out the resource guide for Gender and Women’s Studies.

Alert: Catalog problems

There are some problems at the company that hosts our library catalog this morning (Friday 2/19).  As a result, the catalog may not function properly until the problems are resolved.  You can use the Reed-only catalog to search Reed’s collection until the problems are fixed.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience.