College Students’ Best Asset: Your Academic Reference Librarian
Did you know that academic librarians are one of the most underutilized student resources on college campuses today?
If you’ve had limited experience using library resources throughout your elementary, middle and high school years, then, most likely, you’re totally oblivious to how using this rich resource effectively in and outside the classroom can reduce the need for study cram sessions and all-nighters.
At-risk and/or first-generation college students are particularly vulnerable. Even students with family histories of college attendance often “overestimate” what they know about today’s library resources and how best to use them.
Google and Wikipedia May Get You Started…
But what you need to know is that in colleges and universities around the country, academic librarians are eager to teach students how to become masters of the information universe.
These highly trained education professionals know how to find “needles in the [information] haystack” when it comes to seeking out and validating information of any type.
They are the consummate “information literacy practitioners”...a skill set you’ll need while pursuing your academic and career goals!
And we mustn’t forget that they are, in fact, the “ Marie Kondo” of fake news. They know how to zero in on fake news, dissect its parts, and expose the real truth.
In addition to knowing how to find the exact information you may need, they can also assist students with narrowing down research topics, analyzing appropriate academic resources, and recommending various study skill strategies.
So, if you haven’t made your campus academic reference librarian a “study buddy”, then do so quickly.
A Word to the Wise...
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
Disclaimer Reminder: A college student's first line of inquiry should always be with their campus academic adviser. College Success Life Advising Sessions provide additional problem-solving options to undergraduate and graduate students for further exploration on their individual campuses. Students should always consult their assigned adviser not only during the course selection process but periodically to keep apprised of programmatic changes, testing requirements, course additions/deletions, GPA modifications, etc.
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