Librarian directs students to be successful

To Lianna, working in an academic library always has been a dream job. As a student going through school, she worked in the library and loved it.

“I’m detail-oriented so I like working behind the scenes,” said Lianna. Now Lianna is the Technical Services Librarian at TSTC, and she is in charge of cataloguing materials for the students to access, acquisitions, and ordering supplies for the teachers or students who need them.

Lianna got her bachelor’s degree n general studies from Mayville State University in North Dakota with a minor in library science. She then earned her master’s degree in library science at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. Lianna always has had a fondness for books and loves working in libraries. She has worked in nearly every aspect of a library, except as a  director. “Our library is set up to help students by providing them with resources. My job is to make these resources available to them. If we don’t have the materials they need, then I can order it for them,” Lianna said.

One of the ways Lianna helps students is by subscribing to four online databases:  Campus Research/WestLaw, EBSCOhost, FirstSearch, and ProQuest. These databases allow students to get current magazine articles on subjects they’re researching or to order materials they need.

Other resources available to students for researching are the Library of Congress Research Tools (www.loc.gov/rr/tools.html), the National Archives (www.archives.gov/research/tools/) , and Virtual Salt Research Tools (www.virtualsalt.com/search.html ). These websites all offer research tools such as links to helpful research sites, use research tools, and online databases and Internet resources.

Lianna carefully catalogues all resources for the students to make it as convenient as possible for students to find what they’re looking for. She catalogues everything on computers and keeps it organized so students know what is available to them. If there is something they need the library doesn’t have, then Lianna will order it.

For students who are unsure about how to begin to research a topic or write a research paper, there are websites available to give students pointers on what to do. At www.cs.cmu.edu/~mleone/how-to.html, students can find a site that offers advice on researching and writing a paper. It is particularly helpful for computer science students. At www.ccc.commnet.edu/mla/index/html, students can find a site that gives them a guide to writing an MLA format research paper, covering everything from the outline to plagiarism and works cited. There is even a website for how to organize research and how to create study guides (www.studygs.net/wrtstr5.html).

The library is a resource for the students to use and the people who work in the library are dedicated to making it as easy as possible for students. With all the resources available to students, there are also librarians like Lianna who genuinely love books and want to use their passion to help students be successful.

–Jacqui

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