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National Library Week

In the US, it's National Library Week.  Head on over.  Libraries are awesome with plenty of access to all kinds of information.  They are enlightening.

Need convincing?

There are many ways to find information in a library.  You could start by checking the card catalog.

Or search the online catalog for what you are looking for.

Not finding it in the building?  The library is connected to the internet for additional searching.

If your item is in the building, use the call number to find the right section of the library.

Books are generally kept on open shelving.

Libraries also have reference books such as encyclopedias.

There are magazines and journals in the periodical collection.

Still not finding it?

There are other places to check.


You can ask the staff for assistance.  Not all materials are kept in the book stacks.

Staff can help you and your coworkers find information that will help you do your job.

Libraries have collections of personal papers and historic documents.  Still skeptical?

Some libraries also have artifacts that you can inspect.  For the safety of other patrons, please exercise caution.

Some older materials such as back issues of newspapers are stored on microfiche and microfilm to save shelf space.

Libraries also have rare books and MacGuffins.

When you find what you are looking for, be sure to handle it carefully.

Let the library staff reshelve materials when you are finished.  No one likes a messy library.

When you find what you are looking for, you can often borrow the materials for extended reading.

That means a trip to the circulation desk or self check out terminal.  Generally those are located on a counter.  It helps to come when the library is open.

Libraries do not recommend breaking and entering even if it appears to be a solid career choice.  Maybe you should check the resources available for job skill training and resume writing.

Really.  No one wants to call security.  See above comment about messy libraries.  Dead bodies and zombies are discouraged.

All others are welcome.  Libraries can be a great place to meet live people (or kitsune).

Feel free to bring a study partner.

Libraries are wonderful places to work on those pesky group projects.

There is plenty of room to spread out and divide the work.

Some libraries even allow eating and drinking.  I know that will make many of you very happy.

Remember to keep your voices down while you are studying.  Even the ones in your head.

If these suggestions are followed, your library visit will be fruitful.

Libraries - putting the L in successful since before Alexander the Great.  Let us help you succeed in all your endeavors and trials.  Visit your local library.

Remember to cite your sources...all caps from homeofthenutty.


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 18th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
LOL! Awesome! I love libraries. And as you noted here, clearly they are so versatile. ;)
Apr. 18th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
It's amazing what stir-craziness will prompt. I probably really should get a library icon.
Apr. 18th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
These are beautiful.

Sometimes I worry about their climate control and preservation measures in the bat cave.

I see you tactfully omitted the hallucination from Repo Man where people were banging their heads on the tables. At a couple of points in my graduate career that was quite emblematic of some of my time in libraries.

Otherwise libraries have been places of happiness.
Apr. 19th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Oy, watching Dean rummage through all the treasures in the bat cave with bare hands was enough to make any preservationist blow a gasket. They probably weren't too concerned with acid free paper in 1958 either.

The head banging also goes on in the staff area after you've tried to help the patron find the "tall, blue book about Michigan, it might have had swans on it" somewhere in the Michigan collection at the state library. I spent a lot of time wishing I was psychic. Working the reference desk was my favorite part of my job though and I really miss that bit.

I didn't remember that the boys had been to libraries so often in season 1. I really like the cap of baby!Sam with the microfilm projected back on his face.
Apr. 18th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe - priceless commentary! And omg, those caps of babyDean and babySammy. So beautiful :)
Apr. 19th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
They were so adorable and even though they'd already seen a lot, there's a certain innocence about them in early Season 1.
Apr. 19th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
HA!! Brilliant! LOL the Lucifcer references...

Great Library pic spam and commentary. <333
Apr. 19th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Any excuse to picspam these guys all over my journal. 8-)
Apr. 19th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
You are full of AWESOME!!!
I chortled my way through this entire thing..heee!

I love to read..sigh..libraries are like crack..and if THOSE guys were in there? I think i would move in.

Edited at 2013-04-19 12:22 am (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
And if you knew who those guys were, you'd probably grab the salt and silver (and enjoy the eye candy).
Apr. 19th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
THIS IS SUPER CUTE :D Awesome job!
Apr. 19th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
8-) The boys make it so......
Apr. 19th, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
... It is now entirely possible that I want to visit a library in the middle of the night. :)
Apr. 19th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
Libraries are so quiet in the middle of the night or very early in the morning before opening. No computer fans or photocopiers. It's either very peaceful or creepy as hell depending on what you are reading (and whether you have a golem with you or larceny in mind.)
Apr. 20th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Love it. I've laways loved libraries, now I love them even more. :D
Apr. 20th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
It's fun to be a fan of a show that includes libraries and research as an important part of a job so libraries show up from time to time.
Apr. 29th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
I love libraries. I wanted to be a librarian when I was a kid :)

And what a wonderful post this is! And oh, I miss Sam's season 1 hair - the bangs and the way it curled just so at the nape :)
Apr. 29th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
A lot of the fun with this post was finding the season one caps with floppy bangs. They've grown up so much, our boys have.....
May. 17th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
I followed a link to your journal from somewhere I am now unable to identify...but hello anyway!

This post is made of win and awesomesauce! As a librarian, I loved the boys'library use in season 1, and appreciate your documentation of information seeking behavior throughout the course of the series.
May. 17th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love that the show has used libraries and research as good things. They've spent way more time in them than I first realized before I put this together.
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