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Basic Library Collection
(Guidelines 6.1)

Task 1:  Knows local libraries in the UF Libraries Catalog.
{training time--two to three months}

Needs to know:

  • libraries in this group, including Coastal Engineering, Division of Plant Industry (DPI), Herbarium (HB), Institute of Black Culture (IBC), and Mead Library at P. K. Yonge Laboratory School.
  • how to direct people to these libraries.
  • how to locate libraries on the campus map and in the campus directory or telephone book.

Suggestions:

  • Schedule a walking tour of one campus library not yet visited.
  • Schedule a personal tour and discussion with a member of the staff of another campus library not yet visited.

Task 2:   Knows local libraries not in the UF Libraries Catalog.
{training time--two to three months}

Needs to know:

  • libraries in this group, including Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), Alachua County Library District and its branches, and Genealogy Library maintained by the Mormons at the Latter Day Saints Church .
  • how to direct people to these libraries.
  • how to locate these libraries from the Libraries homepage, in the local telephone book and/or on the city map.

Task 3:   Knows general subject area in each location.
{training time--two to three months}

Needs to know:

  • how to browse "The library and how to use it".
  • how to browse Libraries' home page.

Suggestions:

  • Visit any campus library, and, using a floor plan, walk through the collection at that library.
  • Visit two additional campus libraries; staff member from each library will give a walking tour through that library.

Task 4:   Knows key personnel, such as directors, human resources staff, and subject specialists.
{training time--three to six months}

Needs to know:

  • how to access Libraries' home page.
  • how to access Libraries' organization chart on the staff web page.
  • how to access the minutes from, for example, the Library Council (LC), Public Services Committee (PSC), and Collection Management Steering Committee (CMSC) on the staff web page.

Suggestion:

  • To further gain expertise, choose bibliographers/selectors to meet with to discuss CM and the CM process.

Task 5:   Understands the reference collection and how it is organized.
{training time--two to three months}

Needs to know:

  • types of materials in the collection such as encyclopedias, handbooks, statistics, etc.

Suggestions:

  • Browse collection, first unguided, and next with a colleague in reference.
  • Have reference staff prepare two or three sample reference questions for practice in using various kinds of reference tools.
  • Observe at reference with an assigned training partner who will explain the use of various kinds of reference tools in answering real-life queries.

Task 6:   Know shelving "oddities" in the library in which you work.
{training time--two to three months}

Suggestions:

  • Walk through the library using a detailed floor plan at least two or three times.
  • Discuss with your training partner the scope of reference service and the kinds of questions which might be asked.
  • Have reference staff create a few hypothetical reference queries which will necessitate use of oddly shelved materials.
  • Observe at reference with your assigned training partner.

Task 7:   Cultivates an understanding of reference materials.
{training time--three to six months}

Needs to know:

  • how to choose a specific category of reference tool (i.e., statistical abstract, specialized dictionary) and browse through as many as possible of that genre within a subject area.
  • how to browse internet, "bookmarked" items, and any class assignments that might be posted which will necessitate reference desk transactions.
  • how to browse reference webpages, e-books, etc.

Suggestions:

  • Observe at reference with your training partner.
  • Use indexes, both print and electronic, and find articles on a hypothetical topic.

Task 8:   Understands library classification systems.
{training time--three to six months}

Needs to know:

  • broad classifications.
  • specifics of systems used in your library.
  • how materials are arranged in your library.

Suggestions:

  • Using library floor plan, walk through library, first unguided, and next with your training partner.
  • Talk to at least one subject specialist to get an in-depth overview of the systems and their peculiarities.
  • Invent two or three sample searches which will necessitate locating materials that are not easy to find (done with the assistance of your training partner).

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