The virtue of patience

Yesterday, I had a visit from the sophomores at my school. They are conducting research for their National History Day papers. Their outlines are due on Thursday.   The history teacher and I had been working together to gather resources for their topics for over a month, but so many students were still amending their topic as of yesterday.   I gave this class a little “pep” talk about conducting research.  It is not always easy. It is usually an idea that stems from reading about something.  My idea is not going to locate 50 resources based on “my” idea.  I have to take my time, read other articles and books, search reliable web sites, etc.   I love it when my students take it to heart.  Of course, there are those who come up to the librarian and say, “Do you have anything on credit cards?”  This is when the librarian has to be very patient and draw out those questions to actually find out the topic of their paper.   I know I must sound the same way when I do an online chat with a librarian to find good resources.  I have to always remember patience is a librarian’s best friend!

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