Step 1) set a research assignment for kids without checking that resources are available for *all* of the topics.
Step 2) Make sure some of the topics are *really* obscure.
Step 3) set the assignment to be completed whilst you’re on leave.
Step 4) Don’t consult the librarian before setting the assigment.
Step 5) Complain about the lack of decent resources.
Today is Roald Dahl Day! He’d be 96 if he was still alive. We have a small bay-end display in honour of the day. Really, it’s just an excuse for me to use my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cardboard model.
Whilst cleaning out the filing cabinet (a massive job!), I found the following list of of library “instructions” from 2000:
1) students should not be sent to the library without a pass from their teacher
2) Videos are staff resources and should only be borrowed by staff OR written permission given to students to borrow on behalf of teacher OR written permission by the teacher for students to borrow for overnight use.
3) Students may view the videos in the library.
4) to avoid disruption to classes in the library, students are not to enter or exit the auditorium via the library. Students are to wait at outside auditorium doors for a teacher to let them in.
5) Library bookings can be made at the circulation desk or on Ext. XXX. If computers are needed you must also book them. At present we have 7 computers with access to the Internet and word processing.
6) When making bookings, please provide library staff with information on the topic to be taught. This will help prepare us for your class in the library.
7) Fiction booking can be made via the booking sheet on Mrs. XXX’s desk.
8) Internet searching for school work only. No email or chat.
9) The library must be left tidy after each class.
Times have most certainly changed (for the better)!
Another staff member and I have created Team Geek. We’ll be running a lunchtime club for the geeks of the school. Our planning meeting the other day went really well and they have a lot of great stuff planned.
I’m hoping this will result in more students hanging out in the library at lunchtime. This is the only library I have worked in where you can see the tumbleweeds during lunch and recess.
With much amusement, I’ve just removed a copy of Fifty Shades of Darker from our Kindle collection. Our library Kindles share the one account on Amazon as it makes it easier to keep track of the purchases etc. We usually allow staff to purchase items with the understanding that the kindles are used by students as young as 10 years old and that anything purchased on one is available to all of the others. The staff are usually pretty good about what they purchase..
This one slipped under my radar. I normally notice such things. Luckily, I spotted it before a parent or one of the students had chance to notice.
Whilst cleaning out the filing cabinet, I discovered an old receipt for the purchase of an iPod. Our Library assistant is on leave and the technician knew nothing about it. A quick search revealed that we did, indeed, own an iPod. It’s an old iPod Video purchased in 2006. I’m not really sure it has ever been used. Everything looks brand new! I think it was purchased as a way of listening to Audio Books for our Learning Support students but there’s some doubt as to whether it was ever used. It’s charging at the moment. Can’t wait to find out if there is anything on it!
So exciting! It’s like finding buried treasure!
Following on from dealing with the “Too hard basket”, I’ve been cleaning through the various trays of accummulated garbage on my desk. I’ve just thrown out spare copies of the posters for the old Chess Club, Anime Club and Middle Years Book Club. All three were failed attempts to get students to use the library at lunchtime. There are many reasons why the library is quiet at lunchtime. A lot of it is historical and I’ve given up trying to change a well-established culture. These days I run a Lego Club twice a week in one of the classrooms. Those posters were pretty cool considering my lack of design skills and appropriate tools (no, really, I do still use Microsoft Publisher).