Curating Information

One of the often overlooked roles of a librarian is that of “information curator”. In other words, it’s part of our job to compile the best and most useful resources on any given topic to help guide library visitors in their research. This could include making bibliographies of books and articles, or creating web based “LibGuides” that are featured on the library’s website.

I am currently doing a work placement at Virginia Commonwealth University‘s Qatar campus, where I have been working in the library under the supervision of the art history librarian. As I have quite a bit of experience working with the collection at the Museum of Islamic Art library, one of my projects has been to create a LibGuide to help students in the Islamic art history course.

The guide contains lists of books that can be found in the library on each topic within the field of Islamic art, as well as a selection of web resources to supplement them. For those of you living in Qatar, VCUQ allows members of the community to use the library, so feel free to avail yourself of these resources if you are interested.

Here is a link to the guide:

http://qatar.vcu.libguides.com/islamic-art

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