Introduction to Alison Lehner-Quam

I'm Alison Lehner-Quam and I hope to give you a behind the scenes picture of all of the exciting things that are happening in the library to support Lehman students.

It is a really interesting time to be a librarian. Libraries are incorporating increasing amounts of electronic resources into their collections and into library instruction. Many of these resources can be accessed on digital readers and handheld devices. Library reference is happening 24/7 in an online chat forum. Ideas about what constitutes a book and the nature of publishing are being challenged.

I recently heard library futurist Stephen Abrams give a conference keynote address. He spoke about this dynamic time and how the inquiry process, asking questions, and learning how to find answers remains constant for librarians and library users--even as the various formats of the resources we access are changing. As this happens there is much work to be done to provide guidance and support to the Lehman community as well as there are opportunities to develop new kinds of resources.

I am relatively new to Lehman, having arrived as the substitute education librarian at the Leonard Lief Library in fall 2011. It is a great pleasure to get to know the extraordinary library and education faculty and to provide instruction and reference services to the education students--tomorrow's teachers. You'll hear more about this work in the blog.


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