Tucker, Susan (staff), March 26, 2001
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Susan Tucker, Middlebury College Reference Librarian at Starr Library. Interview was conducted by Bob Buckeye.
Middlebury librarian for 25 years (01:07); Assisting patrons, moving from books to computer screens (02:07); Info easier to obtain via web (04:28); function of reference librarian-student questions decreased in last 15 years-peaked in 1980s (08:10); user-friendly software (10:05); collection development big part of job (11:45); need for recognizing accurate info on web (12:35); comparing library from present to 25 years ago (13:00); no reference dept in 1976 (13:50); summer language school less emphasized (15:30): present projects with other departments exciting (17:14); most important fact of job unchanged since 1976, helping people use library (19:36); research takes less time now (20:10); students need to learn how to search (23:10); anticipating projects as manager (25:10); liaisons to departments (27:03); website work is new-writing guides, designing pages (28:08); she enjoys reference work (29:10); personnel problems rare (30:37); reference work will accelerate in future (31:20); distance learning (35:24); start of computers on campus (36:52); education methods to change in future- remote teaching (38:06); Champlain College and distance learning-global reference librarian services (39:59); copyright (40:50); college was a good college when she attended, diverse now (43:26); achievements under her direction-map collection, science library expansion and move, web work (46:23).
- March 26, 2001
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Biographical / Historical
Susan Tucker served as Reference Librarian at Middlebury College's Starr Library.
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