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Teaching, Collections, and Outreach: The Stuff of a Cook Library Summer

One of the most common questions that Cook librarians are asked is, “Are you open during the summer?” The answer is always a resounding, “Yes” and in fact, summer can be a very busy time in the Library. Typically, during summer, librarians focus on special projects that need to wait during the height of the semester when they are busy teaching and providing research assistance. The types of projects librarians undertake are varied and reflect their individual job responsibilities, as well as their liaison work for the academic departments they serve. These are just a few special projects librarians will be working on this summer.

For Assistant University Librarian for Research and Instruction, Claire Holmes, summer is spent working with students. This year, for the second time, Holmes will spearhead a group of librarians mentoring a high school student completing an internship at Cook Library. During the month long internship program, librarians will provide the student with projects, job shadowing sessions, and an introduction to the workings of an academic library. Holmes also works closely with small groups of students with disabilities attending summer school at TU. During the time they are here, students learn how to shelve children’s books and other skills that may translate into a future public library job.

Summer is also the time many librarians focus on in-depth collection projects. Lisa Woznicki, Performing Arts Librarian, will be looking specifically at musical scores. Besides checking for condition and circulation, she will be identifying gaps in the collection and working with a Music Department faculty member to order replacement and new scores to broaden Library holdings. Other librarians will undertake similar projects, so don’t be surprised to find many in the stacks, armed with printouts and carts, working hard to enhance the Library collection.

While some librarians look at summer as a time where there is a lull in University events, Librarian for Outreach and Student Engagement, Eden Parks, will be busy working to welcome new students to TU. Parks will be hosting a table at each of the Black and Gold Fairs which take place weekly through the summer. At these events, Parks gets the chance to interact with incoming freshman, transfer, and even international students. Additionally, she will use the time to gear up for the Library’s participation in the many New Student Orientation events occurring at the end of summer. She is already at work planning activities for the Library Carnival which provides activities for new and returning students.

Even though projects play a prominent role in summer, librarians will still spend time assisting patrons in person and virtually through their chat and text-a-librarian services. All librarians are available through the summer for research consultations. Even though they are devoting time to some of the projects described above, they are never too busy to meet with faculty, students, and visitors, who need assistance, or just want to come by and say hello.

Written by Lisa Woznicki

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