Tips for Becoming a Better Library Researcher

Tips for Becoming a Better Library Researcher

image We in the “librarian” profession are always working hard to better ourselves. We read hundreds of books every week (at least!), we memorize data and statistics for kicks, and we constantly remind ourselves that “Wikipedia is not a primary resource, Wikipedia is not a primary resource …”

We do a lot, dear patrons, to educate ourselves on how to serve you better. Happily, now you can return the favor.

Ancestry Magazine recently posted an online article, “10 Tips to Becoming an Effective Library Patron,” and in it you can learn the hallowed secrets that will allow you to get twice the benefit out of your library in half the time. Mainly a tool for those who use their libraries for genealogical research, there are nonetheless some great tips here for any library researcher, such as:

  1. Come Prepared
  2. Use the Online Catalog
  3. Learn the Library’s Classification System
  4. Ask about Materials That Aren’t Catalogued
  5. Go Easy on the Library Staff
  6. Gather Handouts and Brochures
  7. Go Beyond the Genealogy Department
  8. Respect the Material
  9. Don’t Forget Interlibrary Loan
  10. Use All Available Resources

Want to learn more about becoming a better library researcher? Check out the full article over at (don’t worry, it’s free).

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