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 graduated with my MLS/School Media Specialist degree from CUNY Queens College on May 31st, 2012! I’m so excited to be through with all the demands of taking classes and writing my thesis. A few days later, I was happy to see my grades come through the registrar, and I did very well, if I may so so myself.
I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things on the blogosphere once I get settled in my post-grad-school life.
Now, I’m looking for a school librarian/media specialist position or a youth services position in a public library. Tell me if you hear anything 😉
Tonight I had my first program at the library! But really, this one was no big deal. It was a monthly Wii Game Night for teens, and all I had to do was setup the snacks, put in the Monkey Ball disc, hang around to make sure the kids played nice, and clean up afterward. The teens that played actually didn’t really care for this game, it turns out. It seems the motions were too abstract and not straightforward enough to master in the short 1-hour time slot.
However, this program wasn’t really “mine;” I was merely filling in for the Young Adult Librarian who was on vacation. Had I been in charge, I’d have probably chosen my favorite Wii game, Rayman: Raving Rabbids. But all-in-all, the kids had a nice time, I got to meet some new faces, and we all discovered what Wii Game to pass on next time.
I’ve heard some great success stories about Wii Game Nights at libraries. Do you have one?
Posted in Internet & Technology, Library Work, Movies & Entertainment
Tagged banana blitz, gaming, library, monkey ball, monkey ball banana blitz, monkeyball, raving rabbids, rayman raving rabbids, Shpl, South Huntington Public Library, teen, teen libraries, teen night, teen outreach, teens, wii, wii at libraries, wii game night, Young Adult Librarianship, young adults
On today’s Swiss Army Librarian post, public library reference librarian Brian Herzog pokes fun at some nonsensical or unsympathetic questions posed by patrons. Below are some of the responses he would have liked to have offered, but did not, because he is a professional. This post is a gentle jab at those annoying queries at the library:
“I enjoy being a librarian, and working with the public. But it can be challenging, and sometimes you just need to vent. No matter what people ask me, I make sure the words that come out of my mouth are helpful and positive – however, those aren’t always the first words that spring to mind…here are some answers I have not given to questions patrons have asked me. You’ve heard of FAQs – now here are some ALUs (”answers left unsaid”):
Patron: The book isn’t on the shelf, on a cart, or behind the desk – where else could it be?
Answer: In someone else’s home.
Patron: This computer is loading slowly – should I just sit here and wait?
Answer: You could stand.
Patron: All the bathrooms are in use, where else can I go?
Answer: There are bushes outside.
[five computers in a row rebooted while a particular patron was using them because she keeps pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL, after I showed her that CTRL-ALT-DEL reboots computers]
Patron: I’m sure it’s not something I’m doing.
Answer: Hmm, then maybe they just sense danger.
Patron: The computer said the book I want is “Checked out.” Does that mean it’s checked out?
Answer: No, that’s just our way of deterring patrons who aren’t pushy enough.
Patron: The museum pass I want is already reserved for the day I want to go – can you cancel that person and give it to me?
Answer: Actually, you don’t need the pass at all – just go to the museum and they’ll let you in free if you tell them the secret code; it’s “I need to plan ahead.”
[patron on the phone]
Patron: Can you speak up, why are you speaking so softly?
Answer: Because I’m in a library.
[patron brings in a broken playaway, and I offer to request one from another library or to show him where the book is on the shelf]
Patron: You think I want to *read* this book?
Answer: You’re right, that might be asking too much.
Sigh, I hate speaking ill of people who come into the library and ask for help, but I’m sure we’ve all been there. The good news is that questions like the above are few and far between (but they’ll never be few and far between enough).”
Here’s my “answer left unsaid”:
[Patrons are given 30 minute sessions at the computer terminals. They get a 10 minute warning that pops up, telling them to ask the librarian to put more time on their session, provided no one else is waiting to use the terminal. Recently, two patrons came up to me after their time expired]
Patron: Can I have more time on my computer?
Answer: Sure, just go ahead and follow the warning – 10 minutes ago.
Does anybody else have a personal anecdote to share? Please do…
Posted in Library Work
Tagged answers left unsaid, Brian Herzog, computer, duh, Librarian trainee, library, public libraries, reference librarian, reference questions, South Huntington Public Library, Swiss Army Librarian