Using a Library’s Blog

April 24, 2008

The University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has a great example of how to use a library blog. Sort of a researcher’s advisory post (instead of a reader’s).

So, what might you use this book for?

You are discussing a poem in class, and the professor says it has
internal rhyme? You want to know what that is? The dictionary will tell
you that it is “a rhyme that occurs within a metrical line in
order to create a musical or rhythmical effect. . . ” (145).

You need an overview of Romanticism (pages 268-269).

You need to tell the difference between a Petrarchan sonnet and a
Shakesperean sonnet (see the entry for sonnet on pages 281-282).

This is one of those cool books that you can use to look up a term quickly and get an answer. The Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry is available in the library’s reference collection. Its call number is PN 1021 .M94 1985.

Two things:

  1. I love that Angel Rivera, the Outreach/Reference Librarian, even gives the call number in the post so the user can find it readily.
  2. Angel also writes about why the text is useful, not just about the book itself. Reference books are used less and less now-a-days but it is mostly because many users don’t know why they can be more useful than just a Google search.