Magazine article Computers in Libraries

A Matter of Happenstance

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

A Matter of Happenstance

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Of all the concepts discussed among librarians, I have always been the most intrigued by the notion of serendipity: those seemingly random instances when you discover just the book, fact, or reference that turns out to be exactly what you need at that very moment. You may not even know you are looking for something, and yet, you suddenly find it. The effect is real. I often experience it myself, so I'm inclined to rave about it.

More than one librarian has reminded me that it doesn't necessarily hurt that there's a classification system for arranging similar books on shelves as well as metadata operating in the background of an electronic catalog search. But those techniques are only the start of how librarians can facilitate serendipitous discovery.

Need I say more than the word "makerspace"? In this issue, Corrine Luthy teaches you what she's taught many other librarians: how to make a makerspace in your library and help your patrons discover things through the process of playing with stuff. …

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