Stationed on the second floor landing of the Center for the Sciences, the new consulting librarian, Meghan Dowell, has created a satellite reference desk as a place where students who do not necessarily frequent the library can go to receive help on research projects.
As a new librarian at Beloit College, Dowell believes that this reference desk will be a good way to integrate herself into campus and meet new faculty and students.
“I am really passionate about letting students know that there is more out there than just Google,” Dowell says. “As a librarian, it is my job to aid students in discovering other sources for their research.”
Many students believe that they can find all of their sources for research projects on their own. Often times, however, sources that students find with no assistance can be tertiary, only covering surface level information about a topic. The librarians at the reference desk help to supply students with sources they may have never known existed. Librarians at the reference desk are able to connect researchers to databases that are specific to a topic, help refine keywords enabling them to find more articles and books on a topic, and discover other resources that can not be accessed online.
Although the satellite reference desk has only been up for a week, Dowell has already received a lot of positive feedback from people passing by. Although she is now a noticeable figure in the Science Center, students are still hesitant to approach her with research questions. When asked what she wants students to know about this project, Dowell responded, “There is no such thing as a dumb research question.”
Dowell will be stationed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Science Center to assist in any student’s research.