LIB 5900 November 9

The third grade teachers have given their classes a biography assignment.  Each student was to pick a couple of people they wanted to do a research project on.  They came to the library to find a book on one of the two people.  They sent the students in groups of five.  I helped them find the books they wanted and if we didn’t have the book (or another student had checked it out already) we did an Internet search to help them find information on their person.  I was able to print some things out and also give the students the web addresses (if necessary) so they could look things up at home.

(1 hour)

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LIB 5900 November 8

Mrs. Yarbro is working on a book order she plans to place before Christmas.  She had sent out an email to the staff asking for any resource recommendations-anything we would like to see in the library.  She has gotten some requests back.  I helped her go through the requests, sorting them into fiction/non-fiction and then, into what specific sub-genre.  I checked the non-fiction sections to see if we had anything similar and if so, what the publication date was.  She wanted to see if we already had something close to what was requested (we didn’t).  She will continue to take resource requests through the first few days of December so she will have time to complete the order before break.

(1 hour)

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LIB 5900 November 6

We had a mock election at our school that was held in the library (it was a second grade activity but all the students were involved so they used the library for a voting location).  I helped direct the lines of students in and out of the voting area.  In between the classes, I shelved books and helped some kindergarten students find their books.

 

(1 hour)

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LIB 5900 September 19 and 20

Mrs. Yarbro asked that I read to the 1st grade and other 2nd grade classes during her media lessons this week.  She wanted me to read the same book I had read to my class during their lesson last week, Little Tree’s Sideways Dreams.  I was able to go in and read to four classes.  After I read, I shelved the books that were on the cart.

(2 hours total for the two days)

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LIB 5020 Reference in Action Reflection

I found this assignment to be somewhat challenging.  It wasn’t that it was too hard but it was tricky trying to meet all the requirements without having to go back and make several changes.  As odd as it seems, I actually enjoyed creating the pathfinder.  I like researching and compiling information; even though I still have a bit of trouble categorizing some of the resources I found.  However, I would have preferred to work on the pathfinder independently.  I don’t think it would have been too much work for one person.  Of course, with respect to the number of people in the class and the time we have to interview, I can understand why we worked in pairs.

Playing the librarian was a bit stressful.  I was very worried about being able to answer the patron’s questions without stumbling over what I wanted to say.  I tried to remember conversations I had before with the librarians at the public library and how I wanted those conversations to go.  I wanted to be able to help even if I was asked about a subject I was unfamiliar with.  I was glad I had the pathfinders to help me answer their questions.  I think it’s imperative that librarians have access to reference tools like pathfinders, Novelist, and other search resources. 

I was glad I encountered pleasant patrons during the interviews, too.   They definitely made the interviews much better.  I know that they were “created” patrons but it was nice to know we weren’t going to have extremely difficult situations to work with.   One thing if for certain, I have never given a librarian the complete credit they deserve.  I had no idea what all went into helping patrons.  The librarians I have talked with always seemed to have all the right answers just when I needed them. I didn’t realize what all it took for them to have those answers.  Being able to find resources and references is great but it’s amazing the information they need to just “know”.  Pointing people in the right direction can be a hard task but most librarians I have worked with make it look so easy.

Playing the patron was great.  I wasn’t worried about that at all.  My biggest issue with this part of the assignment was creating the profile.  It seemed to be awfully detailed and had a lot of information it really didn’t need.  I suppose I can understand the need for all the details since you really don’t know how the interview is going to go until you get into it.  And I can also see why having two profiles might be beneficial.  Listening to the first librarian help a certain patron makes it a little easier for the second librarian.  Having a second profile so that both librarians have different interviews makes sense.  I just think creating the second might be a bit difficult if numerous changes have to be made in order for the profile to be exactly what is looked for.  I believe it would be more manageable if the requirements for the profiles were not so specific and detailed.  Making a brief profile with questions that can be answered from the pathfinder would be easier to handle.

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LIB 5020 RIA Analysis #2

My second interview, I think, was a bit better than my first interview.  I would think that after a few interviews between LIB 5300 and LIB 5020, I would be a bit more comfortable playing the librarian but I am not.  It has gotten easier but I am still nervous.  I think I am most worried about not being able to answer the patron’s questions.  I want to make sure I can give them exactly what they are looking for; even if they don’t know exactly what they are looking for!  For each interview, I have tried to remember times I have been to the library and how I wanted my questions answered.  I believe I have had unrealistic expectations of myself and that has made me more nervous than necessary.

For this interview, I had the chance to interview Carol.  She is a tenth grade teacher looking for resources to use in a science lesson on the planets.  This was a new project for her so she had limited resources on-hand and wanted to use what information I was able to give her as a basis for the assignment materials.  She wanted Internet resources as well as print resources.  She also requested resources that could be used by various leveled students.  She especially was concerned about one particular student with reading difficulties so she needed some audio references. 

Carol was very easy to interview.  She was clear on what she needed and was open to a number of suggestions.  She was basically starting from scratch so she had very few resources to start with.  She was quick to answer all my questions clearly and directly.  I would hope that all patrons were as pleasant and easy to interview as Carol.

One thing I really tried to do was keep the conversation going.  I don’t like having lapses of time when no one is talking.  Even if the patron can see that I am attempting to look up their resources, I still don’t want there to be a period of silence; even if I have to fill the space with simple conversation about what they are looking for.  I have felt before that I was rambling so I have worked on keeping the conversation short and focused on what the patron is looking for.  I want to be friendly without being overly friendly.  I want to convey the impression that I am interested in what they are working on and that I do want to help.

As far as answering questions, I was far more confident this time than the first time I was the “librarian”.  The pathfinder was organized well and was extremely easy to follow.  The resource descriptions definitely helped.  I was able to send her links to several websites that she could incorporate into her lessons.  There was one particular site that had several interactive activities for the students.  And for her one student with the reading difficulties, I was able to send a link to a podcast webpage set up by a science professor.  In the podcasts, the professor discussed subjects like an introduction to the solar system and specific on the planets.  I felt this resource was great for the audio learner.  I feel that I was able to give her several good resources to start her planets reference library.  One thing I wish I had done was give her my contact information before we finished the interview.  I think it would make a patron feel a little more confident in a librarian if they offered a way to contact them again if necessary.  If the interview was a bit extensive, contacting the same librarian would be much easier than having to go through the entire process with someone unfamiliar with the reference needs.

Once again, I loved having the Belk librarian sit-in on our interviews.  And again, I did feel rather intimidated simply because they are professional that have probably interviewed a number of patrons.  They are far more experienced than I am but even with that, it was nice having their input.  Librarian Geri was very helpful in the first interview.  I tried remembering all the things she talked about so I could use them in the second interview but I really don’t think I did a good job!  Librarian Jon (if I remember his name correctly) was great, too.  I loved his enthusiasm and his eagerness to help.  He was quite encouraging.  I appreciated the fact that the first thing he did was point out the positives about the interview.  It makes me feel a little better to know what I did right before we discussed what I can work on.  I also liked the way that he questioned how we felt the interview went before he pointed out areas we might want to work on.  He did mention that I might consider being a little less “helpful” and direct the patron to where to find the resources as opposed to getting the resources for them.  And he was right; I found myself wanting to find specific resources instead of showing the patron how to find the references and materials.

I have to be honest; this semester has been a bit overwhelming.  These interviews have been a source of stress but at the same time, I feel like I have learned quite a bit from them.  I am still worried that one day I will have a patron that requests information on a subject I have no idea about.  Having the pathfinders was a tremendous help.  I feel more comfortable using search tools like pathfinders and Novelist.  I also feel better about what types of questions to ask in order to find out more about what the patron needs.  The role of the librarian is far more multifaceted than I ever imagined.  I want to take all I have learned from my interviews, as well as the other interviews I heard, to become a great librarian. 

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LIB 5900 November 5

Even though it’s a bit in advance, I wanted to get a start on the Black History Month   projects we do in January and February.  I compiled a list of black history related books we have available in our library including biographies, books on specific events, African American holidays, and some fiction books.  I categorized the books into appropriate sections.

(1 hour)

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