Posted tagged ‘Librarian’

Stay Calm and Carry On

September 2, 2012

The Library Technicians are borrowing a phrase from the UK this year.
It is not due to the London Olympics or a hot new book series coming out of Britain about a boarding school.
No, it is because all the Library Teachers were made “redundant.”  That is a UK word – it means ‘let go’, ‘RIFed’, ‘laid off’…all words that are supposed to not feel as bad as “Fired.” But wait, I got a bit ahead of myself, it is not that they don’t have jobs anymore, they simply are no longer in the libraries.  They had to go back to the classroom and teach the credential subject their first degree is in – they no longer are able to use their Masters in Library Science, which was their passion, which was why they enrolled in the program in the first place.

The loss of Librarians is an injustice for the students.  There will no longer be anyone to teach them “how to do” research papers, educate them about: web sites, data bases, or the travesty that is Wikipedia…..that just because it is on the internet does NOT mean it is true, and no, there is not really a pregnant man daily posting about the baby he is carrying. Those aren’t real ultrasounds! The genocide really happened in WWII and no it is unlikely that Hitler (yes, he really existed, WHO is your History teacher?) is lounging in a villa on the French Rivera….There will be no more book clubs, book fairs or new books.  There’s more, but I can feel my blood pressure rising.

The library technicians will run the library.  We will continue to set up displays, bulletin boards and field a battery of questions from teenagers. We have always checked out books, repaired books & suggested books.  We will now do all this and more and supervise students with no “back up” from the librarians.

To those who think that teaching/working in a school is a cushy job with summers off – think again.  Library technicians get 4 weeks off in the summer, some get 6 – but do we forget our students or job during that time? Think again.  Some of us attend library conventions getting new books for our libraries – sometimes for free.  We do online research for ideas to improve our libraries, we worry about the homeless students, ones living at near poverty level, the girls who were “sporting tummies” at the end of the school year, the quiet ones who gave us cause to check the warning signs of suicide, yet again.  What horrific situations are they finding themselves in – while we are helpless to do anything for them.

Heavy sigh – back to the days off – now that the librarians are gone, who will keep the doors open if we are sick? Where will the student who don’t “fit in” on campus go at lunch and after school?  Yes, many of us get 2 weeks off at Christmas, oops can’t say Christmas in public school…its Winter break.  For yours truly, I get frequent ‘illness miles’ in the parking structure at the doctor’s office during winter break.  Teenager viruses are immune to hand sanitzer….did you know that some really clever kid figured out how to remove the alcohol from the product and then drink the alcohol?  (Figured I needed to clarify that.) His chemistry teacher must be so proud……

There is so much more happening – as we wonder how long we will have our jobs – Will “they” close the libraries all together?
So while we try to “Stay Calm and Carry On” – we sometimes have more days where the only course of action is to “Panic and Freak Out!”

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Morganville Vampires

April 2, 2011

 

A couple months ago a friend suggested that I read the Morganville Vampire series. 
I am up to the  book Fade Out.

If this book series was to ever become a movie, I’ll tell you my choice for who should portray Myrnin –
Read page ten, couldn’t you see Johnny Depp delivering those lines?

At the Circulation desk…

November 17, 2010

Today I had a student come up to the circulation desk and ask for a book. 
“What type of book do you need?” I asked.  I don’t usually use the word genre; I get very puzzled looks. 
The teenager responded, “I need a book about somebody who’s dead.” 

Gotta love the Biography unit in English 1.

Fall Into a Good Book

November 3, 2010

A simple display – see for yourself. 
Book covers down loaded
Photos printed at home –
Lettering courtesy of the Cricut

Banned Books Week

November 3, 2010

Yes, I am late posting my photos from Banned Books week –
My excuse is parenting an honor’s student, in orchestra and band.   

We came up with this idea a few years ago.  I take the books from the English department’s core reading list, wrap a luggage chain around them with a luggage lock.  We can’t lock our suitcases anymore so we might as well put it to good use. 

We use brown paper bags  notating a portion of the battle in court and or the school district board meeting.
We also have a “Censored” stamp. 

 

Patriot Day 2010

September 2, 2010

This year’s 9/11 bulletin board is more subdued than in past years.  You can see that previous board at the top of my blog.  The 9th grade class of 2014 were kindergarteners when the twin towers fell. 

Welcome Back Bulletin Boards 2010

August 25, 2010

I have one bulletin board that I consistently leave the same all school year.  It has our posters that I call…”These are your school boundaries” on it.
 Since our school has a southwestern theme….I was lucky to find a Cricut cartridge that is called Olde West.  It is perfect for us. 
You don’t have a Cricut machine you say? 
Surely if there is only 6 degrees of separation between you and Kevin Bacon there would be even less between you and someone you know who owns the Cricut Expressions. 
Some scrapbook stores even rent “time” on the machine and they are happy to show you how the machine operates.  Make a new friend and add some cute die cuts to a welcome back bulletin board! 

A big “Howdy” was perfect.  I love the racing horses. 

I love the stage-coach –

I went a bit crazy cutting
out all the western boots – I love the fine details
that the machine cuts in the boots.

Yes, I really do want them to turn off their cell phones!

Welcome back to school!