Interns learn how to use Queen’s Park tools for researching

On September 15, the interns met with Susanne Hynes, a research librarian at the Legislative Library. Susanne patiently listened to our many issues that we’ve all dealt with in our past as stressed students, anxiously searching for research material at our respective university libraries. She quelled our fears about the massive library at Queen’s Park by sharing with us that most of the work required on behalf of members is, in fact, completed by library professionals and not the interns themselves. In addition, Susanne taught us how to navigate the legislature’s intranet, including such pertinent tools such as using the Issue Binder, searching newspapers by riding, and exploring the press clippings. Both energetic and inspiring, Susanne guided us through the numerous resources available on the Ontario legislature website. Through each session with the library staff, the interns are learning more and more about the fantastic and wide-ranging services offered by both the legislative library and the research team. We look forward to utilizing all of them once we’re placed with the MPPs!

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