This Week in the Library [5]

Posted 28 March, 2015 in Librarian Speak, Weekly Reflections / 0 Comments
This Week in the Library [5]

It has been quite a week. I had hoped to post something on the blog before now, but I had a much busier week than anticipated. I had two nights of choir rehearsals, a dinner meeting, and some serious work to do for the board of directors I joined a few weeks ago. Then, I had my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday. Needless to say, I was a little too out of it to write anything last night. Enough about me, this post is about the library! Monday was just as it always is: a day of getting it together for the rest of the week. That’s what it always feels like anyway. We had a senior class in the library working on poetry research. They’re a dual enrollment class, so they’re expected to do most of the work on their own. We also had a some Latin classes in the library later in the day. It’s the first time they’ve been in this year, which sort of surprises me. We have some really great materials on Rome and the period of the Roman Empire, so I’m hoping some of those got used while they were in the library. I withdrew all the books we’ve weeded from our catalog, and we had students disown all of them. For now, we’re stacking them on the back of our reference shelves, since we have a lot of room in that area. The aides also got new shelving assignments for this nine weeks. […]

The Times They Are A Changin’

Posted 22 March, 2015 in Updates / 1 Comment

Aren’t you so glad you have that song stuck in your head now? I am, because I’m a huge Bob Dylan fan. The purpose of this post is not to talk about my music obsessions, though. The purpose is to highlight a few changes. It seems like I do this at least twice a year. Maybe I do. Maybe I’m one of those people who needs to change everything to feel refreshed or something. I’m not sure. I think I’ve done this twice a year the past couple of years is because I was in such a transition period. I went from book lover to library student, from library student to librarian. Though I have been a librarian for months now, it’s taken nearly the entire year for me to feel like I really knew what I was doing and get a hold on my schedule. I think I’ve gotten to that stage where I’m comfortable with my crazy schedule, my unpredictable days, and my busy life. There are definitely some responsibilities that I’ve taken on by choice (I recently joined the board of directors for the community chorus in which I sing). I also got engaged, which was a big part of my absence for the last few months. I was spending most of my spare time researching venues and dresses and decor and all that fun stuff. To be perfectly honest, I’ve felt a little out of control of my own life and schedule since I started my job. […]

This Week in the Library [4]

Posted 21 March, 2015 in Librarian Speak, Weekly Reflections / 1 Comment
This Week in the Library [4]

I didn’t get to write one of these last weekend because I was so busy. We were doing research instruction, so I didn’t really have time to write throughout the week. I also had other meetings and responsibilities during the week nights. It was just crazy. This week was pretty great. Monday They were finishing up some AP mock testing on Monday, so some classes were relocated in the library and the lab. We didn’t have to do much with them, so it was a good opportunity to get some work done that always gets pushed to the back burner. I got to look through some of “new books” email updates and add some of the things I found to my list of books I’ll consider buying on my next book order. I pulled some books for one of the history teachers, which is great because our history section could use some circulation. I also had a little time to deal with some personal things, like upgrading my phone! Tuesday Tuesday was a little more hectic because we had some of our 9th grade classes in choosing print sources for their research papers. That means I was working with students pretty much all day. We showed them how to search for books in our catalog, how to locate them on the shelves, and how to use the tables of contents and indexes to find what they need. They should know all this, but our students like to pretend they don’t know […]

Audio Review: ACID by Emma Pass

Posted 11 March, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments
Audio Review: ACID by Emma Pass

Jenna knows she’s been wrongly accused. She never meant to kill her parents; she’s not sure how things got out of hand. When a rebel group breaks her out of prison, everything she’s ever known about her life and ACID–the brutal and controlling government policc force–changes and she’s not sure who or what to believe. ACID is like a framework for a good book that’s missing the craft of a good storyteller. There are certainly things that Pass does really well. Jenna is a well developed and kick ass main character. The ideas behind the novel are also really interesting and sometime exciting. There’s just a lot missing. The supporting characters are severely underdeveloped. I never got a sense of who any of them really were. Jenna’s character completely dominates the book. This is even true when it comes to her love interest. Their romance was certainly one I saw coming from a mile away, but there’s no real build up or romantic tension. It was inevitable, but not enjoyable. I just didn’t care about him or their relationship. One of the biggest issues I had was the length. There’s so information and story, but very little of it feels crafted. So many questions build up about Jenna’s past and what really happened, but Pass takes far too long to answer them. I am terrible at guessing plot twists and endings, but I predicted pretty much everything that happened. It was just too obvious, but Jenna never finds any of it […]

This Week in the Library [3]

Posted 8 March, 2015 in Librarian Speak, Weekly Reflections / 0 Comments
This Week in the Library [3]

I know I skipped last week, but it was due to being out of school so much. We had a late arrival pretty much every day, I was out sick one day, and we didn’t have school at all one day. It did snow, but barely. It’s just the way it is in the South. If any meteorologist breathes a word about freezing rain, ice on the roads, or snow, Alabama shuts down. So, we didn’t get much done at all last week.  That’s why I just skipped this post. Monday The beginning of the week always feels like a day of remembering how to do my job. Maybe this will change over time, but I always feel like I spend Monday planning the rest of the week instead of getting things done. I think I’ll try to be a little more proactive on Mondays in the future. Maybe I just need to try to arrive at school early on Mondays so I have some time to get in a good head space and plan out my week. We assigned the big display case to our fifth period aides this month. They came up with a great idea, so we let them run with it. Tuesday Some of the nonfiction we ordered arrived on Tuesday, so we’ve started processing those. We also started our weeding. I pulled from the zeros in our nonfiction. Here I am in the zone making my way through the zeros and one hundreds. If you look […]