People are adapting to new technology on a daily basis. Be ready to answer the not-so-technically-savvy questions about iPhones and iPads, including how to connect with family and friends via tools like Apple’ s FaceTime. Many great GVRL online entries can turn a new iDevice user into an expert overnight.
Whipping Up the Right Mix of Cooking Resources
Sushi. Cupcakes. Acai. Paleo. Kale. Hot food trends never end. And neither do peoples’ interests in cooking for their friends and family. But many want to look beyond Pinterest and popular websites to learn new skills and take a fresh look at culinary arts.
Members of your community are hungry for resources to help them develop their cooking skills and repertoire.
Re-thinking Ready Reference with GVRL
By Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
In the olden days before computers, ready reference collections were the soul of a library. Librarians helping patrons to answer questions or understand a topic always started in the reference section of the library. They were the most expensive materials and librarians were vigilant in guarding those precious items. I have been admonished by a librarian more than once for not handling these books carefully.
Ready reference collections have adapted to the new world of instant access, anywhere and anytime. Patrons still have questions and are trying to understand topics as always, but now they want it faster, more convenient, and always reliable. The reference need is still there, but now librarians have to think about access and delivery to patrons.