On your first day of work, you will be given a physical tour of the ILL office and important areas in Cudahy Library. You will need to be able to find:
It can take months for a new student worker to learn everything there is to know about working in the ILL department! We've created a training checklist that will keep track of what you know and what you still need to learn. The full checklist will be kept in your personnel file in the office, but here's a taste of what we'll be teaching you:
Basic Tasks (within first semester):
Advanced Tasks (within second semester):
One of the most basic tasks in the ILL department is finding books in the stacks -- but you'll need to know how to read a call number.
A call number is a unique sequence of letters and numbers assigned to each book. All the books in our library are in call number order, which allows books on the same subject to be grouped together.
For example, the call number for Shakepeare's Hamlet is PR2807.A2 H5 1987, while Romeo and Juliet is PR2831 .A2 R5 1948. Notice that both start with "PR," which is the broader section for literature.
Before you learn to find books in the stacks, you will learn how to put call numbers in order using a computer program called LC Easy. Your supervisor will schedule a time for you to complete this training exercise during your first week.