These last two days were CRAZY in the library. I wished I’d had time to snap a photo or two. There were a few periods of time where we actually had three full classes! All total we hosted ten classes across four blocks two days in a row. This does not include our lunch visitors. We have three lunches and typically see around 40 students per lunch drop in. This year, our third lunch has been loaded, so we are seeing anywhere from sixty to eighty students come over from our cafeteria just across the hall. And that’s with nice weather. I cannot imagine what this lunch is going to look like in the library when it turns cold or we have a wet day. Two of these ten classes were in the library for orientation, while upperclassmen were in for project based research. It’s nice to second hand remind upperclass students about resources and such as they overhear the 10th grade orientation. Hopefully they are not totally tuning us out.
Highlight over the last two days
My highlight happened yesterday when I was showing a student the Gale Virtual Library Resource ebook we have on Genetic Disorders. She asked me to tell her teacher, and when I did, the teacher stopped her class, had them come over to the always ready projector in the library, and we both showed the resource, how to get to it, and how to use it–on the fly. The students were pretty pumped at the resource and what it would give them information-wise towards their genetics project, and especially excited about being able to load it up on their phones.
And a low point
My low point (sigh-yes, I had one) was when I overreacted over a student who wouldn’t put his bottled drink away. There are always two ways to see an issue. I was seeing it as disobedience; he was seeing it as not having any room in his book bag for the “closed” drink. LOL. After bringing him into my office to have a debate on our views of his reaction (disobedience vs refusal), it all ended well when I discovered one) it was just a poor choice of words on his part, as he only meant he couldn’t fit the drink in his full book bag, making his refusal make sense, and two) he is a school newspaper staff member, and he agreed to have an ad run in the school paper reminding students to properly stow away food and drinks when using the library. He agreed next time to leave a drink that couldn’t be stowed away at the circulation desk to be retrieved upon leaving. Wow, wish I had thought of that BEFORE I overreacted. Now we are consistently reminding students about our no food/drink policy when classes enter as we share housekeeping issues (how to find the right printer, where to pick it up, what to do if color is needed, and oh yeah, what to do with food or drinks that can’t be put in a book bag.)
SAT Sign-ups and College Admissions Counselor Visits
We also managed to host an SAT sign up drive in the library during lunch all week, working with the career development facilitators (CDF) to help students sign up for this Saturday’s SAT being held at our school. We had a larger than usual lunch crowd too. Add to the mix for Friday a college admissions counselor on hand in the library to answer questions, share information, talk to students about the college application process, student life, and more all happening during a pretty busy lunch, and we have a recipe for a full house! The college visitor was from Presbyterian College, by the way. Our CDF’s work with us to host a number of visitors like this, and there are several scheduled over the next few weeks. We provide the space and support and assist with promotion to students.
So our intern was able to observe the good and the bad–SIGH.
We also had a USC-SLIS intern with us who first hand witnessed how a library can be a fully functional three ring circus! She also was able to see me let a situation go down hill, and then how I salvaged It was a good week.