This week has been project-intensive for my internship. The desk has been relatively quiet compared to other weeks, which has allowed me to cover much more ground on my assigned reference project; the initial phase of it is nearly complete – soon we will be discussing how to present it online.
In addition, two other reference librarians came to me with projects this week. I am grateful that so many members of the reference staff have sought me out for assistance on their projects. Each project is completely different from the last, giving me a better understanding of the broad range of research interests in this field.
Although the reference desk was quieter than it has been, it was by no means silent! Much of my direct work with patrons this week has involved assistance in tracking down books and electronic resources, resulting in one-on-one instruction in database and OPAC search strategies. I quite enjoy these individualized teaching experiences, and added to the new reference projects I have been asked to assist with, I count this a quite satisfactory week!
Lesson learned this week: Research interests and endeavors are seemingly limitless in law librarianship; most anything one might think of in this field could be of benefit to the profession, the public, or one’s patrons.