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Thanks Ruth, it’s great to have the perspective of working librarians.
As you might have guessed I don’t have a library background and this piece was written as a “point of view” – that is, my own point of view as a student who hasn’t studied for a long time. Maybe it’s to do with being a mature aged student but I find I lean heavily on reference librarians. I do recall though being an undergraduate and wandering through the stacks hoping to magically “discover” the correct answer lurking in the shadows 🙂 Thankfully things have changed, and with the help of librarians! As I mentioned in the Twitter chat, I would love to have a librarian spend some time with each of my classes right at the beginning of semester to provide some guidance. Since classes at the beginning often elicit higher attendance rates one would have a better chance of reaching more students.
Whichever way this goes, I’m all in favour of reference librarians!