Serendipitous learning and the library

I am a firm believer in serendipitous learning at the library. I cannot remember how many times a key piece of information for my assignments came from a book I picked up while searching for something else on the bookshelves. Shelf browsing does a lot for me. Walking from shelf to shelf, I can observe the development of a branch of knowledge. I note with interest how certain call numbers have a bigger collection or lack of it. I recognized some titles and laugh at others. I discover books on topics that I did not even know existed. I learned about Continue Reading