New Job

I am close to being done with my first week of work at Champlain College.  From people that I have talked to, this is going to be a very busy year.  The incoming class is far bigger than any before it, and the new Core starts which includes information literacy as a strong component.  This adds up to a lot more instruction for librarians.  This will be a challenge, but one I think I will be up to.  Though I’ll have to get used to doing instruction again after not having to do any the whole summer.

I am also very excited to start implementing some of my own ideas.  I would like to make some video tutorials, and similar tools after I do some teaching and talk with people about how they should look.  Hopefully this would take some strain off the teaching librarians.  Moreover, I have a number of ideas to improve the website.  My overriding goal is to make the library and its services more user friendly.  Many library services are not even close to being intutive.  Users struggle through using our tools to find information.  We have to make the experience easier and more enjoyble, not a chore.  I hate seeing users getting frustrated and shutting down when they run into problems (such as no results in a database or catalog search…Google at least gives them something).  So, I am going to do what I can to allow users to have a pleasant successful research experience.

Andy Burkhardt

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