Monday, June 21, 2010

Just a suggestion...

From U.S. News and World Report:

If you talk to a college admissions officer or a high school guidance counselor about things to do when you visit a college campus, one of the first things they say is to visit the libraries on campus. Bring a book or some schoolwork, sit down, and soak up the environment. Not only is the actual physical library one of the main spots where college students go to get work done (and socialize), it's also a useful resource of a wide range of information and services spoke a handful of experienced librarians from colleges to find out what prospective students—and their parents—should look for when they check out a prospective school's library. Read more at:
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2010/06/17/4-reasons-why-the-library-affects-your-college-choice.html?PageNr=1

OK, this is a little hard to do with our library at the moment, given that we are under renovation and will likely not be back into our building until sometime this Fall (he says hopefully). And there are caveats: this was written from the 4-year college/university perspective, where most students are residential. More folks tend to hang out in the library in this setting. Also, some of the nature of faculty / library collaboration are less pronounced here. But it is still a good idea to look at the library when you visit a campus. Talk to library staff and ask them about how things work there. And if you are at a commuter institution ask SPECIFICALLY what kinds of materials and services you will have access to when you aren't in the building. If you have multiple opportunities to visit someplace,  stop in the library each time and build on your initial impression.

Our mission to to be here to help you and to provide resources that will give you the opportunity to succeed here. We can't do it for you - but give us a chance to help you learn how to get the most from what we have to offer.

Scott