[library-media] Librarian brain power

Fawn Morgan fmorgan at dsdmail.net
Tue Dec 1 15:45:36 MST 2009

Few things get my adrenaline flowing in a negative manner as much as
taking a student to find a book on the shelf and NOT finding that book. 
Usually it is because the student librarian assigned to keep that
section in order has not been vigilant.  I just get so frustrated
because this might be my ONE shot at convincing a non-library user that
the library and the librarian can be useful tools in finding and using
information for personal reasons as well as educational ones.  If I blow
that one shot I may never see that student again, but worse, that person
may never enter a library on his own volition again.  Every day is a PR
day for me and I want the publicity to be positive and convincing.
Layton High

>>> "Sarah Herron" <Sarah.Herron at slc.k12.ut.us> 12/1/2009 2:57 PM >>>
I agree the with statements that if the library is to be used
effectively,the resources need to be readily available and easily
It is also my opinion that students/children/adults will not take care
of things or spaces if they don't look cared for to begin with. So, we
try to keep spaces dusted, books re-shelved (so they can be found!),
contraband food wrappers thrown away and, in this time of flu, the
tables wiped down daily. We also create attractive displays and

As one of the librarians currently at West High School, I can assure
you that our spine labels are no longer so regimented! We are way too
busy helping students and they (and we) are thrilled to have the
they want and need on the shelves. It would look a lot prettier,

Thanks for the question, Cindy!

Sarah Herron
Library Technology Teacher
West High School, Media Center
241 N. 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
801-578-8500 x 271
801-578-8524 (fax)

Just Finished Reading: The Shack by William P. Young
Now reading: Riot by Walter Dean Myers

>>> "Jeri Albrecht" <jeraldene.albrecht at jordan.k12.ut.us> 12/1/2009
12:31 PM >>>
I second Susan*s opinion about it being essential to have an orderly
library. Getting my library in order these last 2 * years has been a
challenge, but rewarding. The library usage has increased
feel part of the success is because it now looks and feels like a
Students and teachers alike comment on how easy it is to find
need and how the whole environment of the media center has changed.
house to get an orderly library is not the easiest task to tackle but
it has
increased our work efficiency and ease in finding those resources you
in a timely manner.

Jeri Albrecht

Librarian Teacher

Bingham High School

From: library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org 
[mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Susan Huff
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 9:30 AM
To: Cindy Mitchell
Cc: library-media at lists.uen.org 
Subject: Re: [library-media] Librarian brain power

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

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

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
Every call number in the collection was the same size and started
one inch from the bottom of the book.  I was appalled that all the
activities she could have been promoting to increase information
and the love of literature had been sacrificed for such a ridiculous

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

2009/12/1 Cindy Mitchell <cindy.mitchell at jordan.k12.ut.us 
<mailto: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
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
you think this particular item mean towards being a great librarian. 
really looking for the details that you encounter every day that
issue into focus in your library.  What does this item mean to you as
part of being a great librarian? How do you address this topic in
have a great library? What do you have to do in order to achieve this

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
FAX 801-412-2930

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