Before entering the library
- wash your hands of all sticky substances (the prayer is optional, soap is not)
- leave behind your meals, snacks, and mugs of coffee, and other liquids (water in a closed container is permitted)
On entering the library, the patrons may ask…
How is the library different this semester than it was in all other past semesters?
How can we now scan articles for emailing or photocopy them instead of photocopying only?
How can we navigate the new library websites to find information?
How can we access our favorite programs and databases from off campus?
The great safran Ranganathan teaches: there are 5 laws of library science
- Books are for use.
- Every person his or her book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The library is a growing organism.
The wise safran Gilner teaches: verily we are not a warehouse, let the students and faculty take out as many books as they need. Besides we don’t have room to shelve them all. Four types of library patrons
The wise patron asks: what are the best ways to search the catalog? and to pick a journal index? and to search the Internet.
To this patron, we will explain that our catalog has items from all three stateside campuses. We will explain the difference between the Browse and Keyword searches and demonstrate the filters. We will describe the features of ATLA, RAMBI, the Index to Jewish Periodicals and the Index to Hebrew Periodicals. We will also reveal that there are other search engines besides Google.
The arrogant patron asks: why do we need a library anyway? I can Google anything I need on the Internet.
To this patron we will explain that while the Internet does indeed have much useful free information, that much more is available through subscription databases and indexes and that we can direct him/her to many scholarly resources both online and in the stacks.
The puzzled patron asks: how do I figure out what to write about?
We will show this patron the reference shelves and advise that he/she browse through the overview articles in the encyclopedias on their topic to help them narrow their focus. We can also direct them back to their teachers for more help.
And to the patron who doesn’t ask any questions, we say
You are welcome to hang out here and read or listen quietly to music. Nirtzah/Songs
If you said “hello” to the library staff, but didn’t say “thank you” after we assisted you… Dayenu!
If you said “thank you” for the help, but didn’t mention us to your classmates … Dayenu!
If you mentioned us to your classmates, but didn’t note us in your thesis … Dayenu!
If you thanked us in your thesis, but didn’t acknowledge us in your book … Dayenu!
If you acknowledged us in your book … Dayenu!