Can You Answer These Questions a Librarian Would Be Able to Answer?


By: Jennifer Post

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Librarians do not get enough credit. Seriously. Especially school librarians. They have to keep things organized, help kids find books, keep people quiet (which is hard if you know anything about kids when you tell them to be quiet) and research things others can't seem to find. Then there are your neighborhood librarians who make sure that the books, research materials, movies and games are available when you want them.

Librarians need to have excellent listening and speaking skills and a flexible schedule. Working weekends, evenings and holidays is not uncommon for both both academic and public librarians. Did you know that you need a degree to be a librarian? To be a school librarian, usually a bachelor's degree in education is required, but really any bachelor's degree will help you get a job as a librarian. A master's degree in library science can be required by some bigger metropolitan libraries, however. 

If you're going the master's degree route, make sure to do thorough research, since there are fields of focus with some libraries, like law or medical. You want the program you choose to fit with your career goals. Getting a job in a public library is a great way to jump-start your career and increase your chances of being accepted to a master's program. Do you feel ready to answer questions that a librarian would know? Take the quiz and find out!

What is the definition of information?

Information is any entity, mostly related to data, that provides an answer to a question or takes away uncertainty in a situation. Information is closely related to data because while data deals with values, information is the understanding of real things or concepts.


What does WIPO stand for?

WIPO stands for the World Intellectual Property Organization. Intellectual property refers to a product, thought or design that is derived from original creativity and that one has the right to the work, and can apply of a patent, copyright or trademark.


When did the term "information science" come to fruition?

The term came to use in 1959, but the first formal Information Science program wasn't started until 1963, when Georgia Institute of Technology established it. It then gained popularity and started appearing in the course books of many other colleges and universities.


What is "the invisible web"?

Parts of the web are hidden by search engines, not in an effort to withhold anything or because the subject matter is unsavory, but because you need a very specific search to find it. Search engines just also don't have access to certain areas of information, such as databases that police and hospitals use.


What language does the term "communication" stem from?

The word "communication" comes from the Latin "communis" and "communicare." Communis is a noun meaning common, while communicare is a verb meaning to make something common.


When was the Dewey Decimal System started?

The organization system was created by Melvin Dewey in 1873. It wasn't until 1876, however, that the system was first published.


Who invented the World Wide Web?

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. Fun fact, his proposal for the Web was actually rejected the first time it was presented.


What is the standard size of a catalog card?

Catalog cards used to be smaller, at 2x5, which was also called the Harvard College size. The bigger card eventually won out mostly because it was a size people were already used to, as it was the standard size of post cards.


Where was the first and oldest university library located?

The first library started up in the 1870s. There are 39 department libraries, a central library, two campus libraries and two more libraries spread across the 7 campuses. There are over 10 million books across all of the libraries.


Where can a deleted email be found?

When an email is deleted, it's not gone forever. It goes into the Trash folder, and can be moved back into the inbox, another folder, or deleted altogether.


Which of the following is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System keeps track of things like documenting, tracking and reporting educational courses, training programs, etc. The concept derives directly from e-learning


How many digits are in an ISBN?

An ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, and is used as a book identifier. They can be purchased from an affiliate of the International ISBN Agency, and each and every book will have different ISBN, even if it is the same book in different formats.


What is MeSH?

MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings and is the controlled thesaurus for indexing articles for PubMed, and consist of a controlled vocabulary. It was created, and is updated by, the United States National Library of Medicine.


What does "call-number" mean?

The Call Number of a book is how books are organized on the shelf at libraries. It is read from left to right as normal, and consists of letters and numbers.


How many digits are in an ISSN?

The ISSN is different from the ISBN because it is the name no matter what form the publication is in. If a publication comes in an ebook, audiobook and print, they will all have the same ISSN. This system is for periodicals, journals, newspapers and magazines.


When were CD-ROMs made?

While made in 1985, they weren't popularized in the '90s. They were used for distributing and software and data for computers and some video game consoles.


What is LYCOS?

This web portal was established in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. It includes email, social networking and entertainment.


What is a glossary?

The glossary is always in alphabetical order, and provides definitions. It can also be known as a clavis.


What does "protocol" mean?

Protocol is the way that computers communicate with each other. There are many different ones, since there are multiple ways that computers can communicate with one another.


What is the purpose of descriptive cataloging?

This cataloging is the process of recording items by certain attributes of the book to make it easier to find. The two types of this cataloging are Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and Resource Description and Access.


What are the parts of an index?

Indexing is a way to make books super easy to find. The word derives from the latin "indicare" which means to point out or to indicate.


What is a subject heading?

There are specific lists for subject headings that are usually broken down by subject matter in order to make it easier to find what you're looking for. The two popular subject heading lists are the Library of Congress Subject Headings and Sears List of Subject Headings.


What is vocabulary control?

A controlled vocabulary is one in which there is only one term or notation in the vocabulary for any one concept. One of its goals is to establish the size and scope of each topic and how much of it can be searched.


What is the root word of library?

The latin word "liber" translates to book. In German and Russian, the Latinized Greek word "bibliotheca" is the origin word for library.


How many categories are in the Dewey Decimal System?

The DDS breaks human knowledge into 10 basic categories. The categories are: computer science, philosophy and psychology, religion, social sciences, language, science, technology, arts and recreation, literature and history and geography.


What is an accession number?

The accession number is usually give to a publication upon acquisition or cataloging, and is often alpha-numeric. If the work is removed from the collection, the number is not reused.


What are the storage areas in a library called?

This is where you find the books in a library. It isn't the reading area, but the area where the books are stored and organized.


Where are catalog cards stored?

You don't see these much in libraries anymore, as they have gone digital. There are some instances where you will see them, like in older libraries and some universities.


What is shelf rectification?

When books are put back on the wrong shelf, an actual human has to go and put them back where they belong. This process is called shelf rectification.


What does "weeding" refer to?

There are certain criteria to use when deciding what to weed out of a collection. Things like needing to make space, more current information and poor quality are all reasons to weed publications out.


What was the first museum in the world?

The Library of Alexandria, located in Alexandria, Egypt was part of a larger research institution called the Mouseion. It came to be known as the capital of knowledge and learning.


What was the first purely English dictionary?

This dictionary was created in London in 1604 by Robert Cawdrey. It was never considered a comprehensive work, as it featured just over 2,500 words.


Who invented ebooks?

Michael Hart was also an author and typed most of the earlier ebooks by himself. He also spent his life digitizing works that had an expired copyright and making them available for free.


What is the search engine for scientific information?

Scirus was first launched in 2001 as a science-centric search engine. Scirus was not limited to computer sciences and IT, and the site was retired in 2014.


What is the process of moving up and down a Word document called?

When you want to move up or down in a Word document, you simply scroll through the pages either with a mouse or a keypad. You can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to achieve the same effect.


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