Have you had any prior experience using libraries before coming to the University of Redlands? If so, what were your visits to the library like?
Libraries serve two important purposes in society.
There are several different types of libraries serving various user communities, but they share a similar commitment to preserving information and making it accessible. In the United States, we find the following categories of libraries:
Armacost Library hires students, staff and faculty to fulfill a wide range of functions.
Access Services staff are the public face of the library. They help train and supervise student employees, manage course reserves and interlibrary loan workflows, and ensure that items in the library are shelved properly and returned in a timely manner to be able to circulate to others.
Technical Services staff maintain the infrastructure needed to be able find information. They coordinate economic purchases needed to bring information into the library collection and add information (metadata) to make it discoverable. They also maintain the technological systems needed to access information and support all library operations.
Librarians coordinate decision making in various areas of the library and support the information needs of students and faculty in all departments. They teach people how to understand and meet their own information needs in the classroom, one on one, and via research guides (like this one). They also select physical and online information resources (books, journals, databases) to support student learning.
Do an internet search for your hometown library. Browse its website to find:
Compare and contrast this with similar information from Armacost Library at https://library.redlands.edu.