February 09, 2005

Censorship blues

So if we have no YA books about rape, gays, bulemia, anorexia, kissing, and anything else that a thirteen year old might want to read - it won't happen then.....right? Or let's put it another way...
There is no sex in my community! There ...I said it. So we don't have to buy any books about it. My librarian technican censors the books and gives them to my boss. Oh not too much pressure there!

So how skiddish am I to build the collection? I discovered that there are no 600's either. As the new librarian I have no say in this. My librarian tech has fifteen years on me. Imagine censoring this bright school library. No wonder so many of the same kids visit the library. There's not much for them to read except prissy stories, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction. No YA novels that I like to title "Radical Reads." (Thank you Joni Bodart for that title.) Ummmm....censorship keeps me up at night.

Why should I care? These rich kids are going to go to the bookstore and get the books and read them anyways. It's just the principal. Censorship really bugs librarians. It bothers me a lot.

January 30, 2005

YA fiction

YA fiction and children's books really don't mix well together. It's taken me five months to look at the situation. The previous librarian must have loved children's literature. There was so much of it shelved within the YA fiction. I also love children's literature. The rich artistry and and wonderful messages make children's literature today a wealth of information and warm feelings. But a student age eleven through thirteen doesn't quite view it that way.

So on Friday I began pulling the large, thin children's books out of the YA fiction and placed them in a collection by themselves. I didn't know how many children's books there were. But I ran out of time and ended up finishing the project on Saturday. I think there were about 800 children's books. Way way too many for a middle school.

Students never checked them out and now that they are in a collection by themself - I still don't think they will check them out. But maybe teachers will check them out to begin their lessons. I'm going to watch the situation and wait. I think by the end of the school year I'll be able to pull the books that middle school teachers and students might like, and then give the rest to the local elementary schools.

January 13, 2005

When work becomes work....

For the first time in a long time it was work. I can't move forward fast enough.
I move along and make changes and there is that person again...

You can't do it!
Don't do it!
I hate change!

Why do they do that? In a YA library you can't change enough.
Change IS a YA library. Consistency........ but frequent updates.
A YA is just that...changing. Their world is spinning.
Those that walk into the library, love it as much as me.
My job is to move with them....keep them interested...keep listening....keep up...

It is hard enough doing that need your support staff to support you so that you can do it.
Today work became work - tomorrow will be better.

January 10, 2005

You know you're a librarian when....

You open up a brand new dictionary and smell the pages and touch them delicately.
You find the answer to a patron's question - although the answer is disappointing to the patron - it feels great to have simply found it.
You open up a new box of books and you touch them all.

Oh it's the little things. Today was particularly good because my technician was out. I truly missed her because she does such fine work. But it allowed me to answer the questions that she usually handles, and that allowed me to think about the importance of her job. A good technician is worth far more than they are paid.

I'm half way through the class on Blogging and I'm learning a lot. I should finish this weekend. I need to because my next class is starting in a week. Then I will be in the world of classification. Doesn't sound exciting and I'm sure I'll be bored - but at least I'll understand this mundane task that is ahead of me.

January 07, 2005

Learning Blogger

I still can't figure out how to change the font. I'm wondering if it's because I'm on a MAC. Lynda.Com's copy looked different than my screen. I knew she was on a PC. Ummmm...I'll keep mucking around until I figure it out.

I'm learning a lot, but those nagging questions bother me.

December 30, 2004

Time to touch a tree

I'm at Sequoia National Park. The weather here is really wonderful and awful at the same time. As long as I don't have to drive I'm fine. I think there is two feet of snow here and the snow is pelting down. It is a wet and hard snow, so it's not pleasant as it comes down. I hope things slow down and we can cross country ski and basically touch a tree. The air smells so great here. Books are great - trees are better!

December 29, 2004

Packing to Leave

Packing to leave

We packed and got ready to go skiing tomorrow. We've been there before, but the kids are happy to go again. We're cross country skiing again in the Sequoia's. It's time to touch a tree again. I need to smell some fresh air.