Many students find it hard to endure the process of researching long papers. However, frustrated students may not realize the various resources provided by the BYU Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) to help them accomplish such extensive tasks. BYU McKay School of Education students and faculty members have a variety of opportunities through the library to increase the quality and efficiency of their research.
Grant Zabriskie, a library website designer, presented to Instructional Psychology and Technology (IP&T) students at their weekly graduate seminar, showing them diverse resources provided by the library. He taught them how to optimize searches, find and use databases, and access the interlibrary loan.
“I love the library,” Zabriskie said. “I believe libraries are extremely important.” Zabriskie has worked for the library for over four years helping to make the website more user friendly and effective. “We want to create a more personalized search experience,” Zabriskie said. “We’re trying to fight for the users.” He emphasized to the students many times throughout the seminar that the library “loves them” and wants to help them.
Zabriskie focused part of the lecture on how to find databases appropriate to his audience members’ research. He specifically showed a database called Opposite Viewpoints, which helps users to search issues and find research on both sides of an argument. This saves the time of having to do separate research to find evidence on each side of an issue.
Zabriskie also showed students the benefits of the Interlibrary Loan program offered through the library. If the Harold B. Lee Library does not have the book or the journal with an article a student or faculty member is looking for, the library will locate the book or journal at another library. The book will be requested; the HBLL will contact the student when it is received and will send the book back when the student is finished with it. A copy of a requested journal article will be sent. Both services are furnished at no cost to the student or faculty member. “[The library’s] job is to help you get whatever material you need whether or not the library has it,” Zabriskie said. “I love this because it tells me that our library’s purpose and vision is not just to satisfy its own needs, but to get you anything you need.”
The online tools are not the only effective resources the library provides. “Librarians are dying for you to come make an appointment with them . . . and they will show you exactly what you need,” Zabriskie said. “It’s the human side of the library, and it’s not used that much.” Librarians are available to help students in person or via email, phone, text, or online chat on the library website. Most university departments have a specific librarian with the training and experience to help students find research applicable to their field of study.
Students and faculty members can learn more about the library’s resources on the library website or by talking to any of the librarians. This presentation can also be found on the IP&T website or the McKay School media archives.