Category: be the best you can be
reading, pronouncing, and announcing
Peter over at Collection Children’s Books wrote a great post about having a reader’s vocabulary–you know, those words you know from reading them, but are deathly afraid of using in conversation because you have no idea how to pronounce them? (Subcutaneous was a word I loved, but never spoke aloud. I think I heard it…
Space…the library frontier
After seeing this post at ohdeedoh (which is a surprisingly good source of ideas for youth librarians), I decided that my ideal childrens’ department would have to have a wall made entire of felt, a wall painted in chalkboard paint, and a wall with magnetized paint (and a wall of lick-able wall-paper, if it weren’t…
do you understand me now?
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” -Robert Browning, from “Andrea del Sarto” That is one of the most famous lines in all of literature, but what does it mean? To me, it means that you should always strive for more than you can accomplish at a given…
take this job and shelve it
I love shelvers/pages/whatever you call them at your particular library. I love them so much because they perform such a vital job in the library. Excellent shelvers are a rare creature, I think. My ideal shelver puts away materials briskly and efficiently, asks for help when needed, and takes pride in the appearance of the…
You should at the very least be competent, but I should hope that you’d rather strive to be exemplary.