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Chapter 15: Research

July 15, 2009

As an English teacher (particularly of students enrolled in SU Project Advance courses), I devote a great deal of energy to teaching responsible, effective research methods for developing  and supporting  inquiry, analysis, and argument in student writing. This chapter provided an eye-opening perspective on the whole concept of research.  Powell opens the discussion by attempting […]

Chapter 14: At last: books!

July 15, 2009

In my house, there are two adults who teach English (I’m a high school teacher married to an American Lit  professor), so our children have throughout their lives had book suggestions thrust upon them by their eager, book-loving parents. In reading this chapter, I was interested in comparing our methods of locating books for our […]

Chapter 11: Getting What You Need

July 15, 2009

This is the first chapter that made me feel really anxious about how much I need to learn in order to work in this profession, particularly since in many significant ways the methods of retrieving information through a library’s resources have changed since I was last a college student. Even when I pursued my M.A., […]

Chapter 9: Library as Serving Information Needs of the Community

July 15, 2009

In reading Chapter 9, I realize that I may be coming to the profession from a slightly different position than some of my peers. Because I currently work in a different job within the same kind of community I hope to serve as a librarian, I am already pretty aware of the coummity needs. It’s […]

Chapter 5: What’s a librarian to do?

July 15, 2009

This chapter was review for me, as I had already researched the topic extensively prior to applying to the MSLIS program at Syracuse University. In doing my own research, I was surprised to find out how many people switched careers to become librarians–and never looked back. A good friend of mine is a lawyer, and […]

Chapter 1: Libraries and Intellectual Freedom

July 15, 2009

My attraction to libraries is inextricably linked to issues of intellectual freedom. We live in a funny age in which there is more and more information available–and available in a myriad of formats and through innumerable outlets–and yet we are also mired in an ongoing and dangerous international trend of anti-intellectualism. As libraries evolve and […]