Please Note: Library Closing for (Most of) Spring Break

The Bryan College Library will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Spring Break (March 6,7, and 8)  for the first staff training sessions on the new system. We won’t actually bring up the new system until the week after Finals when we will have another set of training sessions. Thank you for your indulgence as we push forward with this project!

Mango Languages

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The Library now has on-campus access to Mango, "an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more."  Users create their own profile in order to track their progress.

Off-campus access coming soon! 

From the Director

I have a new book proposal I want to run by you. What do you think of the title: “Intelligence for Dummies” or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Intelligence?” It should be a hit just on the series title recognition alone. Of course, the main idea that the book would have to deal with is why anyone could at the same time believe that they were a “dummy” or a “complete idiot” and still be able to get anything out of such a book.
My point, of course, is the idea that so many people are willing to accept the insulting title just for clear instruction in a specific area. Contrast this phenomenon with how people behave in asking for instruction from others. The most stereotypical example would probably be the reticence attributed to men in regard to asking for directions. When it comes to face to face interactions with others, no one enjoys feeling stupid or ignorant.
Enter the librarian, the person who can save you all kinds of time and trouble in researching almost any question, problem, or subject simply by offering instruction in the path of least resistance between you and the most reliable sources of information on whatever it is that one is seeking to learn about. People often seem to be quite reluctant even to admit that they seeking information, much less to ask for help in finding it. They do not want to admit to not already knowing everything a librarian knows. That is enough to give a librarian a serious self-esteem issue, or identity issue, or… some kind of issue. (One of my favorite t-shirts is the one that says something like “I’m a serials librarian with issues.”)
The fact of the matter is that librarians, like everyone else, do not know everything about anything, but they do specialize in organizing and finding information on everything and anything—or at least in being able to point one in the right direction. We take the information treasure hunt very seriously—the more esoteric the topic, the better. What we do is not exactly rocket science, but we can find you some good information on that topic…
Perhaps I should write a book on “Librarianship for Dummies.” Now there’s a title that shows the loftiness of my chosen profession, don’t you think?

--Dr. Gary Fitsimmons
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