Posted tagged ‘Libraries’

It is always Colorful in my Library……

March 15, 2014

Inventory continues in my Library….Look what I found when I picked up an entire history set of books to clean and inventory them……

0207141225ABThis is an example of what student helpers and REALLY big erasers were meant for…..kidding….I removed it myself.  If I asked a student to remove the grafftti, photos of it would have been all over campus in 2.5 seconds.

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Pulling Weeds…..

April 19, 2013

When you work in a Library and you say that you are weeding, it does not mean that you are outside gardening or weeding the flower beds to keep the flowers from being choked out by weeds.  It means that you are beautifying the Library by removing old books that are MUSTIE….

In case you are remotely interested – MUSTIE stands for:

Misleading and/or factually inaccurate
Ugly (worn out beyond mending or rebinding)
Superseded by a new edition or a better source
Trivial (of no discernible literary or scientific merit)
Irrelevant to the need and interests of your community
Elsewhere (the materials may be easily borrowed from another source)

I have been weeding the Fiction section so that I can shelve the books that the Librarian donated to the Library before she was forced back into the classroom due to budget cuts.  That’s right, she still has a job, but she is no longer the Librarian.  Normally, she would be doing this job, as it was part of her job description, but I have still have to make room for newer books on the shelves.

I have found some real winners in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section.  The Science Fiction books have little alien stickers on the book spine; the Fantasy books have dragons.  The books I’ve pulled so far from this section were from the 1960’s and judging by the date due slips, they were never checked out.
There are books in the Fiction section that have not seen the light of day since the last time I did inventory.
Oh, and the book covers are hysterically funny.

I usually see my former boss the Librarian on a daily basis….she tells me that I am having entirely too much fun doing inventory and weeding, but you look at these book covers and tell me they aren’t funny.

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Whoever Claudia is, no one seems to know where she is.

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What can I say about Cathy?  Don’t you love her green boots?  She is a real hipster.
I am struck by how she is standing with her legs so far apart…and then there’s the guy who is standing behind her, ogling her…..hmmm, know what my grandma would say……

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Could this cover BE any uglier?  Is his belly supposed to look like a “six-pack?”  And what about the gun?  Guess high schoolers in the 60’s didn’t bring guns to school….they brought weed….LOL.
When I was in high school, the saying we used, was “A hard man is good to find…”  I can’t look at this book cover and not see that phrase.  This book is definitely going.

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That’s all the amusement I can handle for now.  More book covers to follow.
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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!”

Back To School Bulletin Boards 2011

August 30, 2011

When I returned to work in August – to be met with still no AC – The building was beyond hot, bordered on “hell-like”.
I was moving pretty slow – like a lizard in cold weather. Do they move slow?  I’ve only seen them zip along, making me eek! like a little girl.
There was a new DEMCO catalog in the mail.  I’ve never looked through the catalogs we receive because we never have any money to spend.  Say it with me now:  We have NO budget!

I had to order some library supplies with my own money this year and while looking through the catalog I found these great, whimsical and old fashion styled posters by Susan Widget.  I had to get them.  The representative at DEMCO was very nice and helpful – he had my order on its way to me after a quick phone call.

FedEx won’t leave packages on the porch in my city – so when the driver called to say he was going to deliver my packages that day, I had to arrange to meet him on the road. I’ve never had a rendezvous with a FedEx driver before – LOL.

Thanks to Michael’s Craft store for the .99 cent flags.  The scrapbook paper was on sale that day and I bought “apple” colors to use in the Cricut machine.

These cute apple cutouts are courtesy of my Creative Memories consultant.  CM has a Cruicut cartridges that are exclusive to Creative Memories.

Here’s the bulletin board lettering that I have looked high and low for….I am short on “a’s” and “y’s”  – hence the “z” –
Don’t think the kids will even notice!

Here’s to a very happy school year.

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