Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How the Library Can Make You a Better Communicator

Libraries can be a fun place to visit. Not only do they open up whole new worlds through loaning books but many libraries also offer a range of other services. One thing you may not know you can get from a library is better communication skills. However, just by frequenting your library on a regular basis, you could be going a long way toward boosting your communication skills, and these skills can be used in so many different areas of your life.

The Basics of Communication

To really understand how a library can play a role in making you a better communicator, you need to understand some basic information about how communication skills are developed. When you are learning to speak a language, you have to immerse yourself in it. Learning your first language was probably very easy because it is a natural process. However, as you learn additional languages, you have to do specific things to learn to be an effective communicator in that language.

One of the things you need to do to be a good communicator is read. This is where libraries come in. They allow you access to books, so you can read whatever whenever. Reading is essential to communication because it allows you to expand your vocabulary, learn about sentence structure, and increase your comprehension of grammar rules. The best part about reading is that you probably aren’t aware you are learning all these aspects of communication because you are simply enjoying reading the book.

Increasing Your Skills

To become a better communicator, you have to practice and build upon your communication skills. You should try to read more. Increasing your reading can give your skills a nice boost. Make sure you vary what you read. While you may prefer to read a certain genre, giving other genres a chance can be even more beneficial because you will be exposed to different writing styles and different uses of the language. Also, read both fiction and non-fiction.
You also should take advantage of other services a library offers that can also benefit you in your quest to improve your communication skills. To begin with, the librarian can be a great source of information. You can learn more about USC's Masters in library science program to get an idea of the training librarians have and how they can be a great service to tap into. You also can use the internet at the library, take courses they may offer and even become a part of library groups where you can meet a variety of people.

Another option you have is to go a bit outside the library, although the library will still play a role, and get a degree in communication. USC's communication degree, for example, can be a great supplement to any other degree you may have. Once you are studying, you will likely find the library becomes like a second home because of its vast resources that can help you study.

Good communication skills are needed in pretty much any career and in daily life. To be a good communicator, you have to build your skills. The library is an amazing resource that you can use to help build those skills. 


  1. Communication is the hardest thing to do well. Did a study on communication when I was working and the breakdowns that can occur as information moves. It was most interesting.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. I absolutely love libraries!!! :)

  3. I think the library is one of my most favorite places in the world. You sure do gain communication skills with each visits and well as gaining access to a wealth of information right at your fingertips!

  4. Sure gain a lot indeed and the more you branch out the better you are for it.

  5. I have always loved going to the library. Of course, when I was young the library has card catalogues instead of computers to look up books or find information, lol.

  6. I agree that reading helps you to become a better communicator. I am usually reading both fiction and nonfiction to keep things entertaining and I learn something in the process.

  7. We love the library so much!
    This is true. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Libraries are one of our best resources for a lot of things.

  9. We live close to a library and I always bring my kids there every Friday afternoon to borrow books and movies for the weekend. Also in the summer time, the library has so many programs and events for children! We love going to the library!


  10. Hi Rosey - what a great post ... it is so essential to be able to talk to people in all walks of life, and to be comfortable doing it ... it's worth spending a period of time letting others talk about themselves and waiting for a question to you, or ask what do you think ... so often nothing!!

    Great post - cheers Hilary


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