AskColorado can help you find resources on almost any topic
Jessica Warwick and Kelsy Been
Imagine this: It’s the night before your big research paper is due and you can’t find any resources on your obscure paper topic. You have searched every possible way you know how and came up with zilch. Wikipedia is not going to cut it ” you need help from an experienced librarian.
Librarians from all over Colorado (including your local Garfield County librarians) volunteer their time and expertise for eight hours a month with AskColorado. They help anyone find materials on a specific topic, personalized reading recommendations, job-hunting resources, or even that article you missed from last month’s newspaper. You can access AskColorado 24/7 to be connected with a librarian in real time. If you are a student trying to find reliable resources, simply explain your project and what you are looking for. The librarian will send you articles, useful links, book recommendations, etc., within seconds until you have what you need. You can even ask someone about any issues you are having with your own library card.
We just chatted with Jennifer from Denver Public Library on AskColorado. She quickly found numerous materials on an obscure topic ” including a documentary located in only three libraries in the U.S. All of her resources came from valid, well-known sources.
Next, we inquired about medical-related jobs in Ireland to see just how good Jennifer was at finding helpful information. In seconds, we were looking at a legitimate website and had already found several prospective employers. How handy in a time of economic turmoil!
After asking these difficult questions, we simply asked if she could recommend any books or authors similar to our current favorite reads. Again, within seconds we were reading the synopses of three or four new titles that seemed right up our alley.
This is just one of many great resources offered by your local Garfield County libraries. Check out the website at http://www.garfieldlibraries.org to access AskColorado or any of the other great databases and services. Try it out, we promise you will not be disappointed.
Jessica Warwick and Kelsy Been are administrative assistants for the Garfield Public Library District.
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