Academic journal article Indiana Slavic Studies

Preface

Academic journal article Indiana Slavic Studies

Preface

Article excerpt

Books, Bibliographies, and Pugs

There are a number of practicing Slavic librarians, as well as other academics, who received their first introduction to the profession and world of Slavic resources by taking Murlin Croucher's bibliographic methods course at Indiana University. One would think that a course dedicated solely to the review, or perhaps more accurately "show and tell," of Slavic reference tools and bibliographic resources would be boring beyond belief. However, Murlin's humorous approach to the discussion of each resource made the classes extremely enjoyable and almost hid his thorough knowledge of the bibliographic tools of the Slavic studies trade. We found ourselves anticipating each class, when new bibliographic wonders would be discussed during each geo graphically thematic session. Surprising, at least at the time, was the fact that once introduced to them, we all used these resources as we conducted research for our other courses. Murlin succeeded in teaching us how to conduct research in a thoughtful and organized manner, rather than simply going to a call number range in the stacks. One interesting side-effect of this course is that thanks to Murlin many of us also became interested in pursuing a career in Slavic librarianship.

While one can prepare for a class lecture by selecting key resources to review, one cannot prepare for the broad range of reference questions that a Slavic librarian deals with on a daily basis. Unlike Slavic studies faculty, who have the "luxury" of focusing on a specific discipline with a thematic research program, hence developing a deep understanding of the resources in their chosen field, area studies librarians have to be able to direct patrons to answers to reference questions from a broad range of disciplines and on almost unlimited topics. Adding to the challenge is the fact that most people need the information immediately. One of Murlin's great professional skills was the ease and accuracy with which he ably answered reference requests. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.