Welcome to Meet the Problem Solvers, a new blog series in which Loeb Music Library staff introduce themselves.
For our first post, we’ll meet problem solver Elizabeth Berndt. She goes by Liz and she is a dog person.
What does a Music Reference and Research Services Librarian do?
My job is very interactive. I talk to patrons (faculty, students, staff, outside researchers) to help them understand the library and all it has to offer. This includes one-on-one conversations and teaching in classes, among other things.
What’s your favorite thing about the Music Library?
My favorite thing about the music library is that we are embedded in the Music Building. I appreciate the friendships we have with the Music Department staff and students.
What’s a notable (interesting/challenging/unusual) project that you’ve worked on lately?
In January 2021 I’m teaching a 3-week course for ALA (American Library Association) and MLA (Music Library Association) called ‘Music Librarianship for non-Music Librarians’. Teaching and informing others about music librarianship so they can improve their skills as a librarian is one of my favorite professional activities.
Who are you when you’re not a Music Reference and Research Services Librarian?
A fiber artist. I like to spin my own yarn and knit on a daily basis. I also dye, crochet and weave, but knitting is my go-to.
What’s your favorite library-related moment in a movie, novel or TV show?
I love the scene in ‘Party Girl’ (1995) where Parker Posey’s character (a future librarian, Mary) has a meltdown when someone shelves their own book which has her questioning why we even have call number systems at all.
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