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Welcome Sarah!

Please welcome Sarah Crissinger, our newest research librarian at Davidson. Sarah started working with the Information Literacy team in mid-July. Originally from Ohio, Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Wright State University in Dayton. She just graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science in May.  While at Illinois, she held graduate assistantships in the reference and … [Read more...]

Research Rescue at the Library and Beyond

As everyone at Davidson prepares for a little R & R over Fall Break, here at the library we are prepping for our own bit of ‘R’ & ‘R’—Research Rescue. Starting this Thursday 10/9, Research Rescue will be available in the Fishbowl every Thursday from 3-4pm. For those of you unfamiliar with Research Rescue, it is essentially a time at which research librarians will be available to answer any questions, discuss your research, and whatever else might fit your information needs, all at one … [Read more...]

Librarian Bootcamp

Every summer, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) holds a week-long “bootcamp” for instruction and information literacy librarians called Immersion.  It consists of two tracks:  the Teacher Track and the Program Track. A number of librarians here at Davidson have attended the Teacher Track in past years.  Four years ago, I had the opportunity to attend it in Burlington, Vermont.   Teacher Track focuses on learning theories, innovative and inclusive pedagogies, and … [Read more...]

Welcome James

We are thrilled that a new librarian joined the Information Literacy team this week: James Sponsel.  Originally from Minnesota, James majored in philosophy at St. Olaf College and just received his MLIS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  He spent this past spring at Carleton College as the Reference and Instruction Intern where he designed and delivered instruction sessions and developed online modules and tutorials. Last summer, he interned at the Mayo Clinic … [Read more...]

What does “reference” mean to you?

From the Oxford English Dictionary: 7.  b. Orig. and chiefly U.S. A source of information; (spec.) a book or work of reference. ... 1820   Medico-Chirurgical Rev. 1 Pref. iii,   We have selected a mass of the most important facts..which cannot fail to provide..a valuable reference in the hurry and anxiety of actual practice.1   The term "reference" has many definitions, of course, but in our library, we use the term most often to describe a specific type of publication, and, by … [Read more...]