Spotlight: Librarians: The Human Resource

Spotlight: Librarians: The Human Resource

Date Published:
Friday, February 25, 2011

The explosion of resources available digitally is transforming how college students and researchers learn and work. While the amount of information available at our fingertips is remarkable, it requires a discerning eye to locate the most relevant and reliable information in this electronic labyrinth.

Enter the librarians at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library. They are the information experts who help undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty discover the best research resources in today’s technologically driven world. Their efforts are superior to just “Googling” – Atkins librarians help people find information on a topic, develop effective search strategies, search the catalog and databases, use print and digital resources and most importantly, understand how to evaluate the quality of a source, along with its proper citation.

Subject librarians are at the forefront of unraveling the digital mysteries of the information maze. They hold specific subject expertise from nursing to political science, from business to engineering and more. Special Collections professionals are among the subject experts who manage and care for rare materials housed on the library’s 10th floor.

Successful quests for knowledge between research librarians and faculty often translate into unique learning opportunities for students.

Subject librarians are at the forefront of unraveling the digital mysteries of the information maze. They hold specific subject expertise from nursing to political science, from business to engineering and more.

Frada Mozenter, social sciences reference librarian, provides instructional sessions and individual research assistance to UNC Charlotte political science instructor Dr. Cheryl Brown’s Privacy Policy, Law, & Technology Senior Seminar. Last semester, the class held an interactive research fair on the library’s main floor where students staffed and discussed their poster displays with other students and faculty. Another fair will be held at the end of spring semester.

There’s also health and human services librarian Jean Hiebert, who helped an over-scheduled nursing student frantically working on a class project save precious time. The student needed to perform all of her research from off campus during one weekend while working all day on Friday, serving as maid of honor at her sister’s wedding on Saturday, and then working again all day on Sunday. For three days the student and Hiebert corresponded via e-mail — Hiebert probed to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of the student’s article choices and made sure all of her citations were correctly formatted.

“The final product was ready at 1:15 AM Sunday night. We submitted it and stumbled out of the library at 1:30 AM after hugging and high-fiving!” Hiebert said.

Atkins librarians provide a level of expertise and personal commitment that can enhance your learning experience. Contact an information expert for your next project!