52 Ways to Use Your Library Card

The American Library Association (ALA) puts out a list of "52 Ways to Use Your Library Card" to encourage that everyone has -- and uses -- what I believe is the best value for your tax dollars: A public library card. This year's list begins with one that gets repeated each year because it is so crucial to the other 51 ways.

For Week 1 of 2010 the ALA recommends that you "Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library®." Nothing can replace the high quality interaction between a customer with an expressed information need and the skill of a MLS degreed reference librarian about how to ferret out resources to satisfy your information need. Librarians have know-how.

To get an idea of the range of Library services we offer, read our "2009 Annual Report" online.

To get our answers to the most "Frequently Answered Questions" about our Library services and policies, read the FAQs online.

We strive to make all interactions with each and every customers a good experience. Why not drop by one of our facilities and let us show you how we can help you?

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.