This no excuses post has been a long time coming. One of the things that most librarians have in common is that they are long-suffering, friendly, helpful, accommodating types, ready to share knowledge, know-how and eager to grasp on any acknowledgement they receive from academic leadership and fellow teachers. While the grumbles and moans are … Continue reading No excuses – Britannica Image Quest
It must be an age thing - but as I'm getting further into my 50's I'm becoming less tolerant of fancy sounding reasons and explanations that are actually just excuses for staving off change. This is the first of a series of posts on things that really annoy me as an international librarian, with a … Continue reading No excuses: Syndetics
New year, new chances, old problems. The perennial one of scheduling library time. I kind of started commenting on people's posts and questions on FaceBook and then decided it merited a blog post on its own. There is also a whole discussion on libraries and librarians going at the IBO level where priorities, recognition, roles, … Continue reading Scheduling – priorities and dissonance
And it's not the usual stuff about being poor misunderstood under-utilized bits of the school / community. No, the frustration goes much much further. It's about how information, knowledge, books, data, well just about anything is NOT being tagged and catalogued and made generally searchable, available. What prompted this? Well my inbox. I subscribe to … Continue reading Frustrations of a librarian
One of my favourite UOI (Units of inquiry) has started for my G3 students - in our library lesson last week I introduced the theme through reference to (a somewhat dated, but still very clear) video Now one thing you can be certain about with students is that their responses will not be predictable. So … Continue reading But I was born here!
In my past "homeless" week I've had opportunity to offer PD to my fellow librarians & library staff and to some teachers, and also to go into classrooms for a longer period of time and help with research, and I've had time to find, curate and put resources onto our libguides, and I'm hot-desking in … Continue reading If we build it will they come?
Planning for a library expansion and renovation involves considerable time, thought and work on the "hardware" of the physical building. Including last week's work of packing up the books and getting them put into storage. I'd blogged a little about how just prior to that we'd done a lot of weeding, and sorting out patron … Continue reading Firmware (& Software)
A fellow librarian in Shanghai and I have been working on creating some new MLA8 posters in Chinese for her bilingual school / library. It's been an interesting process to put it mildly. We started off with the MLA posters I created with Katie Day about 2 years ago, and which she updated recently to … Continue reading MLA8 and Chinese …
It's been a tough few weeks, and this morning I was reminded just what it's all about. I was reading "All the lost things" by Kelly Canby to a Grade 2 class, and at the end, one little girl said "It's so beautiful I want to cry" at which point I also wanted to plink … Continue reading It’s so beautiful I want to cry …
When I tell people we're getting to renovate and extend our library their first reaction is "wow, that's amazing, you're so lucky!". And yes, prima facie it is so. But right now it's feeling rather overwhelming. And ironically most of that is not so much to do with the change as the amount of preparation … Continue reading Make-over update