I ended up observing a really fascinating program for the observation assignment. Since we’re writing a paper over it, I won’t go into too many details of the program here, but I can give the basic gist. It combines reading practice for kids with the use of therapy pets. I thought the collaboration of the library and the pet therapy agency was such a great partnership. It really brought the light the idea that we can look outside the field for ideas for research and programming.
The library field is one that’s both steeped in tradition and ever-changing. It was really innovative to take traditional reading practice and find a new way to improve that. They’ve based this program on both research on literacy practices and pet therapy. Collaborating with other disciplines, gathering information from research that might not be the obvious choice, and constantly looking at the library and information fields from new directions is the way to keep those fields best serving the population.