What’s great about Timberland part 5 (celebrating National Library Week)

5. Ask a librarian, anytime anyplace.

I’ll beg the forgiveness of bibliophiles, but the real strength of the library ain’t the books. It is the people.

I think of a library as a for everyone information source, like having a staff of researchers working for you. Better than google, because they can make the internet (and the deep internet) bend to your will.

And, in Timberland, you can use these reference librarians via email, over the phone and on chat. I really like the chat function, I’ve used it before and its very easy.

And, in honor of reference librarians, a link to the National Library Week focus on Reference.



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2 responses to “What’s great about Timberland part 5 (celebrating National Library Week)

  1. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give the State Library some props too. Statewide Virtual Reference (e.g. chat reference) is the main project I manage at the WSL; it’s fully funded with LSTA so that libraries can offer chat reference without breaking the bank.

    Timberland participates, of course, and they do a fabulous job.

    About 65 library systems, public and academic, participate overall, and the service is available in a true statewide fashion through the Ask-WA portal at http://ask.wa.gov.

  2. Kelsey

    Ask A Librarian is one of the greatest and least used services of Timberland. I’d encourage everybody out there to give it a try for any question you might have. They’ll give directions if you don’t have a GPS or smartphone, even! Also, echoing Ahniwa, the state library supports Timberland in a big way. Their support via the statewide reference consortium is the reason that you can ask a question via chat reference and get a response 24 hours a day.

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