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These seem to be centered in the South, but hey, a girl can dream?
Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.
- Jasper Fforde (via thepagesyoullread)
Did anyone have a library school class on (put bluntly) talking to insane people? One of my electives was Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues & Responses, and it began to tackle this stuff, but not nearly enough. I have learned a lot on the job, but I wish I had a background in some of this so I knew I was helping people in the best way.
My boss and I were joking recently that we should co-teach a library school class on the subject that’s required instead of cataloging. And this is at a rural library, so the problem is much less severe than in a walkable, urban community.
Has anyone done standing or stool-height computer workstations for their teen rooms? I was talking with our TAB and envisioning a shallow, high table (almost a shelf) against one wall, with stools or cafe chairs pulled up against it. And we wouldn’t want it divided into carrels because the teens might cluster around a computer to collaborate.
Any ideas or resources?
Something a little like the image below (from Gaylord), but with a flat, rectangular, long table.
Librarians, it’s time to “Bring Out Your #Holdshelf Pictures!” Read how to submit here.
Looks promising. If we weren’t zombiefesting tomorrow, I’d know how to spend my day as a #saturdaylibrarian.
If you are actually thinking about becoming a librarian, don’t be an English major. Or do be one. Or a biology major, or pre-law, or art history. Study something “useful” or don’t. Take classes that interest you, and do lots of research. Figure out how you learn, how you evaluate information, how…
There are only a handful other people I know (or that I like anyway) who read for pleasure as much as I do, including my mother and a librarian colleague who I enviously stalk on goodreads. Like most librarians, I don’t think I ever get tired of talking about what I’m reading and suggesting books…
A good starting place, I think, for expanding YA reader’s advisory skills is to look at the syllabi of my old instructor, Linda Braun. The newest one I could find online is from 2012, but I think she uses Google Docs now. She makes her classes read two books a week from a wide variety of brand-new, popular YA, and I still draw on my experiences with urban fiction, verse novels, and manga in that class in 2010. (Don’t get me started on my personal feelings re: Ellen Hopkins, or a couple other things I’m grateful to have under my belt, but totally loathed.)
It’s a skill I’m working on, too.
The appeal of Amish romance novels.
The Thrill of the Chaste, lawlz. But seriously, an interesting (if long) exploration of the weird appeal of these books to many readers. Check it out if you do reader’s advisory and haven’t delved into those Amish books yourself.
Every library that I have worked in over the last twenty-plus years has had at least one staff member grumbling over how often they have to give directions to the restroom … My question is this: Why grumble? This is our chance to shine, to invite people in. While it’s true that any trained monkey could point in the correct direction, I would like to believe that human beings aspire to be a bit more helpful than this. In the current economy, with declining numbers of reference transactions and dwindling budgets, every patron encounter is important.
My former coworker at Holyoke Public Library, who is both a children’s librarian and a preschool teacher, just got his first book published, and it’s getting good reviews. I’m in line for a copy myself when it goes on sale September 1, and excited to see librarians succeeding.
(Also, this totally makes me famous because I’ve now shared going away cake with a famous author.)