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Knightly News Campus Spotlight on Reference Librarian Emily Reed

‘It’s all about availability to students.’

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

 

Imagine you attend a small college in Central Pennsylvania.

You’re one of about 1,100 students.

It has a high-quality library staffed by several expert librarians, one of whom is dedicated to instruction and reference.

Yes, it’s Central Penn College.

And, as some of you may know, that librarian is Emily Reed.

Reed attended Taylor University, Muncie, Ind., where she earned her undergraduate degree in music education. She also holds a master’s degree in library information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Six months after she graduated from Pitt, Reed got a call from Central Penn College, and accepted the offer to be the school’s instruction and reference librarian. She started last spring.

Reed sat down recently with Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College to talk about what she does, and why.

Knightly News:  What was it like when you received the call from Central Penn College that you would be the instruction and reference librarian?

Reed: I was so excited! I was just ecstatic. I could not wait to come here, to just start.

On any day, Reed faces many challenges assisting students. Central Penn students come from various backgrounds and stages in life, and not all are of traditional college age, so Reed is available to all students, including adult learners.

Central Penn College's Reference Librarian Emily Reed.  Photo by Norman Geary

Central Penn College’s Reference Librarian Emily Reed. Photo by Norman Geary

Knightly News: As far as projects, what is a standard day like for you? Please explain getting ready for the students.

Reed: We have online guides, and each online guide is pinpointed to that major. Each major has a subject guide that gives tips about researching just for that major. We also have a variety of online resources, and some resources are better for certain majors. Then you have instructional sessions, which will instruct students how to use the database that make the most sense for that major. Then we show them the subject guides for that major, so they know what supporting materials are available to them, to guide them to help that is specific to that major.

Reed also conducts seminars on APA (American Psychological Association) format, along with many other projects.

Knightly News: Tell us more about you getting ready for the instructional sessions that you conduct at the library.

Reed: So, for whatever session I am preparing, I have a lesson plan that I develop. I base that lesson plan on whatever those faculty members and I talked about, because every session is different. So sometimes, a faculty member will say, “I’m giving my student an assignment. Can you go over APA formatting for that assignment?”  And in that case, I will teach about APA formatting.  Some students will want APA formatting and citations, which is the whole shebang. And this process takes about an hour – to do the citation and formatting lesson. It just depends on what that faculty member wants.

Knightly News: How do you make adjustments in your day to accommodate student and faculty needs, given you have only so much time?

Reed: As librarians, a large part of our job is availability. Being available to answer questions, and spend that quality time helping students with … assignment(s). So, we have ongoing projects we have to complete, but our first priority is the student’s success. And whatever you need, we will assist you when it comes to research and assignments.

The Knightly News encourages our students, regardless of delivery method, to seek out Emily for help with research.  Remember, there are always plenty of ways to contact the library.  Find out more information at their library website at:  http://www.centralpenn.edu/college-services/library/

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Social Media, the Double-edged Sword

Your use of social media can make or break your career

By Nicholas Tschinkel

Media Club Reporter

Ever wonder why you might not have gotten that callback from your prospective employer?

Professor Paul Miller will answer these sorts of questions and more at his “Digital Media and the College Student” Workshop on Tuesday, May 3, from 4-5 p.m. in ATEC 202.

When it comes to being professional and applying for career opportunities, social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be a “double-edged sword.”

Social media can obviously affect students in a negative way, especially if posts can be easily misconstrued by others. What you post on social media can (and likely will) determine if you get the job.

“I have spoken with employers who have said the sole reason they did not hire a candidate is because they had a picture on their Facebook wall which showed the prospective candidate holding a red plastic cup,” Miller says.

No matter what was in the cup, the employer chose not to pursue the candidate, simply because the cup could be misconstrued for holding an alcoholic beverage.

While social media can hurt your chances of landing a career position, it can also be an invaluable tool when it comes to getting hired.

Your chances of getting the job improve greatly if you “network” with professionals similar to your field on sites such as LinkedIn. It will also be beneficial to follow influential people within the same professional path.

Starting a career-related blog gives you an added bonus in the mind of employers, because they see it as taking pride in your profession and working hard, even when it is not being required of you.

“One of the most important things students can do in preparation of their interview process is expanding their digital footprint,” Miller says. “We will talk about how to best go about this during the workshop.”

The seminar will end with a brief discussion about Central Penn’s Career Services; a service Miller feels too few students take full advantage of.

“What many students don’t understand is that when you graduate from Central Penn, you have career services for life,” Miller says. “If you ever need anything, you can call them and they will take care of you.”

Background Music:  (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

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