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.
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!]
Check out Radicle, Reed’s first open access undergraduate journal! Edited and written entirely by Reed anthropology students, the first issue spans geographically from the U.S. to Ireland, to Inner and Southeast Asia, and the topics included range from poetry, to same-sex marriage, to political propaganda, and more.
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!)
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.
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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.Â Come enjoy some free pizza and help us make the library better for you!