[library-media] Librarian brain power

Susan Huff sah3239 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 09:30:26 MST 2009

I think it is essential.  I have literally been in hundreds of libraries
across the United States when I trained for Dynix.  I have been in the
majority of the libraries in Jordan/Canyons districts.  It has especially
been revealing when working with elementary libraries that vary from OCD
clean and orderly to dusty, sticky, cluttered.

A well ordered library with engaging displays and plenty of lighting is much
more conducive to leisurely browsing as well as intense researching.  There
is just a totally different feeling walking into an orderly environment.

I do think orderliness can be taken to an absurd extreme, however.  I
remember a librarian many years ago at West High School that actually
bragged that she had spent two whole years re-doing all her call numbers.
Every call number in the collection was the same size and started EXACTLY
one inch from the bottom of the book.  I was appalled that all the
activities she could have been promoting to increase information literacy
and the love of literature had been sacrificed for such a ridiculous end.

It is sort of like going to someones house for dinner.  If the house is a
complete disaster, your appetite can be severely affected.

2009/12/1 Cindy Mitchell <cindy.mitchell at jordan.k12.ut.us>

>  Good Morning Everyone -
> I am doing some research and have decided to pick your collective brains –
> for two reasons.  First – you are some of the smartest people I know.
>  Secondly, because I know you are passionate about libraries...  So – for
> the next while I will be sending out a topic or two.  Please respond with
> what you think this particular item mean towards being a great librarian.  I
> am really looking for the details that you encounter every day that brings
> that issue into focus in your library.  What does this item mean to you as
> being part of being a great librarian? How do you address this topic in
> order to have a great library? What do you have to do in order to achieve
> this goal?
> Today’s topic:
> Maintaining an Orderly Library
> Send you thoughts – THANKS!
> -- Cindy Mitchell
> South Jordan Middle School
> 10245 S 2700 W
> South Jordan UT 84095
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