Sunday, January 3, 2010

Seriously, if it's still snowing, how is it "spring" semester?

Spring semester starts tomorrow, though the weather is making it difficult for me to think in terms of "spring semester." The second half of the year is when most research gets done (I've already fielded a couple of scheduling requests); it's also right around the time most people have forgotten everything I presented during my PD workshops at the beginning of the year. I'm trying some new things this year--including a Collaborative Planning Form--that will hopefully give some focus and direction to the research process here, though I'm also prepared to hit some of the speedbumps I've hit time and again.

No matter how excited or informed people are about the library at the beginning of the year, it's hard to maintain that over the course of a school year (never mind the people who never seemed to get the message in the first place). In an effort to a)remind people what goes on in the library and b)show off some of the new things I'm doing, I put copies of the following poem (I got the idea off LM_Net a while ago) and a homemade chocolate chip cookie in everyone's mailbox in the faculty room.

If You Give a Teacher a Cookie
(with apologies to Laura Numeroff)

If you give a teacher a cookie,
Chances are, she’ll stop by the library to say, “Thanks.”
While she’s there, she’ll probably look at all the magazines we have.
She’ll want to check some out,
And maybe grab some back issues.
Then she’ll see the shelves of videos,
And the section of professional reference books.
She’ll ask about putting some books on course reserve,
And about making articles available electronically.
She’ll probably look around and notice books about everything!
She’ll want to know about the library catalog, and the databases, and
Setting up a class blog or wiki, and scheduling classes to come into the library.
All that discovering will make her hungry,
And when she goes to the desk to check out her books,
She’ll probably ask if you have any more cookies.

People will either find this endearing or obnoxious. We'll see how it goes.

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