1. Foundations of the Profession
All other seven of the core competencies relate back to the many foundations of librarianship.
Through my in-service project, I really wanted to convey the blanket statement I have created, derived from a compilation and analysis of the foundations listed below. This is the statement that librarianship is “Promoting community and learning through inclusivity and compassion,” because that is how I see myself in developing library services in my career.
2. Information Resources
What? Who? Where?
Information resources are all around us—especially in a library. These information resources are books, information resources are librarians, information resources are computers. All of this can be accessed through the reference & circulation desks, catalog computers, and public access computers as well as through simply browsing the stacks.
My project compiles several different types of information resources, specifically for the LGBTQ community at UNCA, into one central digital location.
3. Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information
To browse the stacks or to locate the physical item found in the computer, one must understand the organization of the library.
I have divided the topic of library organization into three different aspects:
The Physical Stacks: this is where the library’s physical books are shelved and arranged according to the LOC Classification System.
The Online Catalog: this allows patrons to find electronic and physical resources whether they are on or off campus.
Electronic Resources: these resources are available to students 24/7 and can be accessed from anywhere through the library’s website.
Although my project does compile lots of direct resources, it also gives advice for utilizing the library’s services to expand understanding and further personal research through understanding the organization of the library.
4. Technological Knowledge and Skills
Not only does my project display my own technological knowledge and skills through the creation of a website and LibGuide, but it also utilizes different technologies so that students can not only view the contents of the site, but also interact with it through the use of a (moderated) discussion board that even allows students to reach out privately to library staff.
The use of LibGuides will also introduce or reinforce the library’s organization and catalog navigation as well as supply students with research tips on LGBTQ issues.
5. Reference and User Services
The Library here at UNCA offers an extremely wide variety of services that are quite frankly very impressive such as the Video production studio, large format printers, sound booths, and media design lab. I feel these services complement traditional library services very well as it creates spaces for students to explore their creativity while being surrounded by librarians that are knowledgeable and inviting.
My project promotes reference services through information about how to research LGBTQ topics as well as creating a one-stop shop for all things LGBTQ in the library to foster a sense of community with this population.
My site not only describes how to research but provides examples and some research excerpts that I have written on LGBT & gender studies subjects. Not only does this display my own research competency, but it provides students (especially visual learners and those that learn by example like myself) with sound examples of their potential.
7. Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
Making the Library More LGBTQ-Friendly: A Lifelong Process
The first step to promoting lifelong learning is fostering a welcoming environment. This means EVERYBODY. Underserved populations are a big focus however, as these marginalized groups are often underrepresented.
As far as the South goes, Asheville is one of the most liberal cities you can find and I have witnessed first hand the inclusivity that goes on at UNCA, especially in the library.
I couldn't have asked for a better location to complete this project. This is something I am passionate about and everyone was very supportive from day 1.
I think that a central LGBTQ website like this is something all college campuses need and I think UNCA is the college that can lead by example in increasing LGBTQ visibility for those of all ages, races, and backgrounds.
8. Administration and Management
After working with the organizational chart to include in my portfolio with this class, I was so happy I got to see all the different people that make the library operate effectively.
Through this internship and working on this project, I have been able to talk to many different people here and every person had something unique to add to my experience, and that is so with every person that comes through the doors.
Each person that works here is important in their own unique way, and this individual importance is obvious from the top down here.