On our recent field trip to the Vancouver Public Library and Macleod’s used book store, I was able to obtain some resources on Alice Munro. Although all of Munro’s books were sold out at Macleod’s, I was able to scrounge one copy at the Vancouver Public Library. I go the VPL quite often, but that day I was led to a section of the library that was never cataloged and quite in plain sight. It was only because the book wasn’t cataloged that I was able to get my hands on it. Other than her books, I was also able to find a couple of biographies while looking through the reference section (but not cataloged as reference) which could really help organize my research. My goal of finding at least one copy of her book was fulfilled!
I was also able to bond with my classmates outside of a school setting, which was quite unique with the whole group. I got to know my friends better and I also got to meet some of the morning TALONS.
On this trip I learned that there may be items (or books) that are not visible to the common eye and carefully hidden like a leaf within a forest. I was able to find books that weren’t cataloged and books that seemed to be carefully hidden among the reference section. Now I’m more aware of such scenarios and I probably won’t result to just the catalog for all my research. I also think I learned a bit more about the value of history. At Macleod’s I was leafing through some very old collections of Shakespeare’s works and I realized how priceless some of these items were. This inspired me to treasure my 1923 copy of Much Ado about Nothing, by Shakespeare. Hopefully I will be able to pass it through generations as a wonderful, historical item.
With this trip, I think I came to understand really how much pride Canadians had for their first Nobel Literature prize winner. In the library and even around town, there were words of congratulations for her. Before, I thought that Alice Munro was just another Nobel Prize winner, but after reading more about her in the newspaper, then experiencing it first hand on the field study, I came to realize that I only knew the tip of the iceberg.
Going on this trip made me really relate to my word, especially at Macleod’s used book store. I really had to simplify my thoughts, and ignore all the books staring at me saying “pick me, pick me!” It was really tempting, but I believe that I was able to simplify my thoughts to attempt to find what I needed (although it wasn’t there). Also, in that huge library, I was able to find one book that I needed (without a catalog) and I think that it really reflected my goal.
I truly appreciate this learning experience, and I believe that it gave me a good start to my Eminent person study. I feel that I can relate to my person better as a whole and understand what Canadians all over the nations are feeling. Hopefully with this trip, I will be able to analyze and apply the knowledge I learned and use it to better my study!