Going on a Library Mind Trip

Reference Desk photoEarlier this semester, a student came to the Reference Desk here at the library and told me he wanted to read as much as he could by the great philosophers of the world.  After a few minutes of discussion and a search of the library catalog, he went upstairs to the philosophy section to browse.

I was amazed to see the same student at my office door a few hours later, book in hand, to thank me for sending him on a mind trip. He said exploring the library stacks (that’s what we call the many shelves on the second and third floors) was overwhelming, invigorating, and revelatory.

And that’s what I love so much about working at the Leonard Lief Library Reference Desk: it allows me to share a small part of the excitement and the challenges of being a student.

For those who don’t know, the Reference Desk is a place where you can ask pretty much any question, from the location of the IT center to the most recently-discovered digit of Pi, and have a librarian do his or her damndest to help you get an answer. Primarily, though, students come to ask us research questions – how do I find a book, or where can I get an article for my paper – and this is really our forte. We’re experts at research, and we have to be prepared to delve into questions in any and all subject areas. In its own way, it can be pretty overwhelming, invigorating, and revelatory, too.

Stop by and see us sometime. We’re located on the first floor of the library, just behind the computers. I can’t promise a mind trip, but we’ll do our best.

Jennifer Poggiali

Assistant Professor
Instructional Technologies Librarian

Comments for Going on a Library Mind Trip

Name: lehman student
Time: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Other than the libraries and bookstore. Is there any type of book exchange set up at Lehman for students to exchange books - these book store prices are ridculous. I found lehmanbookexchange [dot] blogspot [dpt] com - but there has to be a better way than pay $165 for a book and having the buy back price be $12 - how are we supposed to graduate if we can't even afford the books!

Name: Jennifer
Time: Friday, June 1, 2012

Besides the link you found, I don't know of any book exchanges at Lehman or CUNY. You might want to bring this up with Lehman's Student Government. At my old school, we had a student email list where we could sell our old books. It worked well.

You can also save some money by using the library's Reserve Collection. These are textbooks and other required readings that professors ask us to set aside for students. They have to be used in the library for 2-hour periods, but that's ample time to copy what you need, and renewals are possible. Here's more information: http://www.lehman.edu/library/reserve.php.

Your books may not be on Reserve -- come to the library and we can show you how to check. If your book isn't on Reserve, be sure to tell your professor. He or she can put in a request.

Hope this helps!

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