As this inveterate Easterner heads west to start a new life in an ‘active adult’ community in northern Nevada, I have also decided that it’s time for me to leave school-library-land and explore other interests and adventures.
Farewell, my friends!
Useful guidelines for attribution, including a handy-dandy bookmarklet with unicode symbols to use for different levels of citation: curators ǝpoɔ.
I’ve been cleaning out old files, and came across this gem:
Qualifications for the position of Media Specialist/Librarian, by Augie Beasley and Carolyn Palmer, originally published in The Book Report in January 1987.
- A great sense of humor for the times you’re kidded about ‘dusting shelves,’ ‘stamping books,’ or ‘needing a college degree’ for your job.
- A magic hat to turn limited library funds into quality programs.
- The ability to smile and bite your tongue at the same time.
- A thick skin, able to withstand critical comments from teachers and students.
- A strong foot for all those times you kick equipment when all else has failed.
- The willingness to find ways to meet requests rather than finding excuses.
- A crystal ball to assist you in reading minds while attempting to understand vague reference questions.
- A forgiving nature toward all those who find fault.
- The uncanny ability to change the lamp in a projector, answer a reference question, and schedule equipment while talking on the phone.
- Persistence to sustain yourself while you try to convince teachers to coordinate library skills instruction with classroom assignments.
- Plenty of patience in waiting for answers from teachers, looking for answers for students, and accepting answers from administrators.
- The ability to accept well-meaning advice and ignore unfounded criticism — and the common sense to know the difference.
- A personality that offers a lot of service with a smile.
Donna Alden explores the different semantic and conceptual implications of calling the facility a School Library or Learning Commons: What’s in a Name? | Connect!.
- “crap detection,” and
- network smarts.
“As we’ve become more sophisticated in the ways we use the web, we need to adjust how we use it, being able to tell fact from rumor and able to call on the skills and resources of a community to help answer our questions.”
from Nieman Journalism Lab.