It’s been too long since my last post. Here’s a 10-second update:
I’m now proud to be employed in the Library department of Molloy College in Rockville Centre. I’ve been there since August, I enjoy my time there, and I’ve learned a lot so far. I’ve continued to work weekends at South Huntington Public Library in the Children’s department that I love.
In the last year or so, I’ve embarked on a great fascination with the Ender’s Game and Shadow series by Orson Scott Card, via their amazing audiobooks, with perfect timing for the 2013 film release.
Posted in Audiobooks, Library Career, Library Work, Movies & Entertainment
Tagged Bean, Ender, Ender's Game, Ender's Jeesh, Ender's Shadow, librarian, library, Molloy College, Orson Scott Card, Rockville Centre, South Huntington, South Huntington Public Library
I want to be…a librarian!
For my MLS technology course, I was assigned to compose a paragraph briefly explaining my professional goals, for my ePortfolio. Did I hit all the points, folks?
I’m eager to begin my career as a librarian and I am building a full repertoire of skills and experience that will enrich my professional practice. I expect to earn my MLS by 2012, with a School Media Specialist certification, but I’m open to working in a public or school library setting. My undergraduate specialization was in education and I have many teaching experiences, so I already know how much I enjoy helping children and teens to make the most of the resources available to them and to appreciate the importance of the written word. As I predict my professional life as a librarian, I see myself working on the front lines of a reference desk or information literacy classroom every day and interacting with different people. I will learn from my patrons as much as they learn from me, and I will be thankful every day for the blessing of getting to help people in a vocation I love.
PS – Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. I get way too caught up with school, work, and life, and I’ve strayed too far from my home[page]. I’ll be posting more often, and hopefully include some reviews of recent reads.
Posted in Library Career, Master's Degree - MLS
Tagged About me, Children's Librarian, Children's librarianship, ePortfolio, librarian, librarianship, MLS, professional goals, Public Librarian, School Librarian, School Media Specialist
Right now, our library seems to be in the very middle of a multi-week lull in the action in the Children’s Room. The Make a Splash summer reading club ended nearly two weeks ago, but there is still a week left before procrastination-happy parents come in for last-minute summer reading books requested by the schools.
I normally work only 1pm-5pm on Fridays, but I volunteered for extra hours (and extra $), so I worked until 9pm. From 5-9 I was on duty in the Young Adult/teen room. It was the slowest day I’ve experienced, and the lack of teens was probably compounded by the fact that the weather outside was lovely. During my four hours in the teen room, I probably helped only 5 teens and one elderly gentleman – much fewer than usual.
Luckily, I’d been given some projects to work on by my superiors and the other librarians. Tonight was perfect for doing computer-heavy, involved tasks. Here’s a sample of the few projects I’ve been doing:
1. Princess Book List. In the Children’s Room, we’ll often get parents of preschool girls asking for princess books. Inevitably, this happens while all of the librarians are busy with other patrons, so the princess patrons simply get referred to the Disney section. Well, my superiors (and I) agree that it would be ideal to encourage non-Disney books, and make them easily available for the little girls that like everything to be a combination of pink, purple, and sparkly. I finished the list today, and it should appear on the SHPL webpage next week.
2. Summer Book Weeding. This is my first assignment of this sort. For those of you who aren’t familiar with library lingo, “weeding” is the process of assessing the frequency of use of materials in order to give/throw away anything that doesn’t earn its place on the shelf. Today, I started the first round of weeding of the Summer Story books, just going through ones that have been on the front display shelf. So far, it seems that less than 1/5 of the books are going into the tentative “weed” pile.
3. Journal Hunting. One of the full-time librarians got handed down an assignment from the boss, and she handed it down to me. I started going through the School Library Journal, checking to make sure that our library has copies of all the most highly featured materials in the journal. So far, I’ve found that we already have all but a few of the books that appear in the featured lists (this one happened to be about picture books that reinforce mathematical concepts).
Although these three projects are business-as-usual for seasoned librarians, they are all new tasks for me. I’m excited to learn new procedures and develop familiarity with all aspects of the profession. Additionally, I may also soon begin re-cataloging all of the audio CD collection in the Children’s Room. We shall see….and don’t forget to enjoy the extra “quiet time” at the library in the August slow season.
Posted in Book Lists, Library Career, Library Work
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I’ll be going to New Jersey to visit friends this weekend ^_^ so I’ll leave you with a great little movie list. The Huffington Post compiled a great little list of movies featuring libraries and/or librarians.
Take a look at the list here.
I got Party Girl on DVD through inter-library loan today. I hope to watch it next week. Does anyone have any other library/librarian movie recommendations?