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Instructional Librarians Carrie Macfarlane and Kathleen Sheehan Exceed Expectations

In the Harvard College Library, Carrie Macfarlane and Kathleen Sheehan, of HCL Instructional Services, provide individualized service, custom-tailored classes, and class-specific online resources for both faculty and students. Their most recent—and exceptional—efforts did not go unnoticed by an appreciative preceptor who sent Macfarlane, instructional services librarian for the Harvard College Library, and Sheehan, instruction and reference librarian for the Lamont and Widener libraries, a bouquet of roses as a thank-you for the library research class they presented to her Expository Writing students. In a brisk two-and-a-half hour session, Macfarlane and Sheehan explained how to approach research in the Harvard libraries, presented a "webliography" (web-based bibliography) created specifically for the class, and gave an extensive tour of Widener. "These flowers are for instruction librarians everywhere!" said Macfarlane. In an ongoing effort to demystify the library, HCL's instructional services librarians—along with other research and reference librarians from throughout the College Library—offer students and faculty guidance on how to locate and use library resources related to a specific area of study by giving tours, teaching classes, and holding individual research consultations.

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