[Library Media] Time flies

Heather Novotny hnovotny at mcgillisschool.org
Wed Sep 13 12:21:50 MDT 2017

What a lovely summary of how we offer consistent service to kids, using different tools over time. Thank you!

Today I did library orientations for all the 8th graders. I told them a little about how libraries worked before automation, in the hope that it would help them understand how the computer works to do the same thing, and why it matters if they don't return books so that others can use them. Fingers crossed that I represented the profession that we all love well.


 Heather Novotny
The McGillis School
668 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84102
hnovotny at mcgillisschool.org

 From:   <georgeweight at integrity.com> 
 To:   "library-media at lists.uen.org" <library-media at lists.uen.org> 
 Sent:   9/13/2017 10:47 AM 
 Subject:   [Library Media] Time flies 

Some 30 or so years have passed since I served on the UELMA Board, one 
year as president. At one conference, I gave a presentation on care of 
Audio Visual equipment: changing bulbs on projection equipment to avoid 
damage, loading film properly onto 16mm Projectors--also to avoid damage, 
repair of magnetic tape, etc. My, how things have changed. 
When I was teaching in a "regular" classroom," I frequently used three 
overhead projectors and a chalkboard--the old green type with real chalk, 
not a whiteboard with magnets and markers. 
We came on board with desktop computers, single computer use software, and 
the web in its infancy around 1982-83. Apple II desktops were placed on 
teacher's desks, soon to be replaced with classic MAC's. Laptops for 
teachers were provided later. Computer labs and LAN were being installed 
in our schools the last few years before retirement in 2002. 
I had the first cell phone in our district, but we had no service in Juab 
County--I used it mostly off hours at my Spanish Fork home or on 1-15 
until the signal was lost. 
Now, I never see a classroom that does not have classroom chrome books 
available or is not equipped with a roof-mounted TV projector with all 
possible inputs--including a document reader. Has any current teacher ever 
seen or used an opaque projector? 
What we wanted to happen, in many respects, has happened. Library Teachers 
are now adept at many things besides checking out books. Since I still 
substitute after retiring from full-time (though it can still be quite 
busy), I try to keep up to date. 
When I encounter a novel that is one of a classroom set in a class, I read 
it. I will permit students who finish work early to read a novel on their 
smartphones--or research a topic for a class on the web. It requires close 
monitoring--but most students will follow if expectations are clearly 
What's just around the corner? We don't clearly know, but Library Media 
people will be at the forefront--keeping things that have worked in the 
past aka reading a good book, and effectuating the latest viable 
changes--things that really work. 
Speaking of work--make it good and keep it up! 
George Weight 
Distant past UELMA President 
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