Did you know that librarians are masters of information? No really! A qualified librarian has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science! As part of their degree, librarians learn the best methods to search, retrieve, and share any kind of information that their patrons may need. Looking for a scholarly article on Frankenstein? Want to access the historical records of your ancestors? Wondering why the sky is blue? A good reference librarian can help you with all of these things and more!
I know what you are probably thinking. “Meh! I can just use Google to find any of the information that I’m looking for. Why bother a librarian?” Simple: Anyone who has ever used Google knows that its search engine doesn’t always give you the results that you are looking for. Other times the search results are so overwhelming (like 15,000,000 results for “cheesecake recipe”) that you don’t even know where to begin! When Google completely fails to turn up the answers that you are looking for, does that mean the information does not exist? Of course not! That’s where a librarian comes in!
When it comes to retrieving information, librarians know the ins and outs of expanding or limiting your search results. Nine times out of ten the reason Google fails to provide you with the information that you want is your choice of search words. Other times search fails occur because users simply don’t think to look beyond the first page of Google’s results! Then there is the added frustration of trying to determine whether or not the information you have found comes from a credible source. Librarians take all of this into consideration and more during any search that they complete!
In short, when it comes to doing research or completing an assignment, a librarian’s number one job is to make your information gathering more simple! As Neil Gaiman once said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” So go to your nearest library and make a reference librarian your new best friend!