January 30, 2005

YA fiction

YA fiction and children's books really don't mix well together. It's taken me five months to look at the situation. The previous librarian must have loved children's literature. There was so much of it shelved within the YA fiction. I also love children's literature. The rich artistry and and wonderful messages make children's literature today a wealth of information and warm feelings. But a student age eleven through thirteen doesn't quite view it that way.

So on Friday I began pulling the large, thin children's books out of the YA fiction and placed them in a collection by themselves. I didn't know how many children's books there were. But I ran out of time and ended up finishing the project on Saturday. I think there were about 800 children's books. Way way too many for a middle school.

Students never checked them out and now that they are in a collection by themself - I still don't think they will check them out. But maybe teachers will check them out to begin their lessons. I'm going to watch the situation and wait. I think by the end of the school year I'll be able to pull the books that middle school teachers and students might like, and then give the rest to the local elementary schools.

January 13, 2005

When work becomes work....

For the first time in a long time it was work. I can't move forward fast enough.
I move along and make changes and there is that person again...

You can't do it!
Don't do it!
I hate change!

Why do they do that? In a YA library you can't change enough.
Change IS a YA library. Consistency........ but frequent updates.
A YA is just that...changing. Their world is spinning.
Those that walk into the library, love it as much as me.
My job is to move with them....keep them interested...keep listening....keep up...

It is hard enough doing that need your support staff to support you so that you can do it.
Today work became work - tomorrow will be better.

January 10, 2005

You know you're a librarian when....

You open up a brand new dictionary and smell the pages and touch them delicately.
You find the answer to a patron's question - although the answer is disappointing to the patron - it feels great to have simply found it.
You open up a new box of books and you touch them all.

Oh it's the little things. Today was particularly good because my technician was out. I truly missed her because she does such fine work. But it allowed me to answer the questions that she usually handles, and that allowed me to think about the importance of her job. A good technician is worth far more than they are paid.

I'm half way through the class on Blogging and I'm learning a lot. I should finish this weekend. I need to because my next class is starting in a week. Then I will be in the world of classification. Doesn't sound exciting and I'm sure I'll be bored - but at least I'll understand this mundane task that is ahead of me.

January 07, 2005

Learning Blogger

I still can't figure out how to change the font. I'm wondering if it's because I'm on a MAC. Lynda.Com's copy looked different than my screen. I knew she was on a PC. Ummmm...I'll keep mucking around until I figure it out.

I'm learning a lot, but those nagging questions bother me.