The last day of training was this week, and it involved reference role-playing. Another intern and myself took turns portraying the librarian and patron. We were given science reference questions on slips of paper. This was difficult at first because I do not have a strong science background, and I am not familiar with science journals or databases. After two hours of this, I felt more comfortable navigating LeMoyne’s databases and journals.
I also learned about assessment for the library. Each semester, my supervisor visits science classrooms and shows them how to use the library science databases and search tools, such as Boolean. Students were given a survey before and after the lesson to see what information they did and did not know about library tools and resources. Based upon these results, my supervisor knows how to tailor and enhance the lesson each semester.