Currently I’m sat in the library. Having arrived an hour ago with the intention of doing a couple of hours of quiet research for my upcoming presentation, I have to admit that I have failed completely. Hence the reason for this post…hopefully something productive will emerge from this visit!
It's ironic how the library is such a vital resource for finding information yet also the place you can feel most lost. We visited with Steve, our course leader, in one of the early weeks of the course. He ‘let us loose’ with the challenge of finding two books and returning to him within a 30 minute time frame. Given that the library is spread over 5 floors with thousands upon thousands of books, it shouldn’t have been a hard task.
Learning how to find books is an important skill to learn. I thought it would be fairly simple, used to my local library with the clear sections. Being so large and organised for such a range of dense academic interests, the university library does take some getting used to. However, once you begin exploring, it soon becomes an exciting treasure hunt with endless opportunities. Now the challenge was not in finding two books, but in limiting myself to just the two books.
I’ll blog more about the library soon, but for now I should get going with some actual work. Just remember that being daunted by the prospect of visiting the library is something that a LOT of students experience, but rest assured that the more you visit the easier it will get. Listen to the advice of your tutor and peers and check out the website, there are loads of handy guides online to help you find what you are looking for!