|ISSN 1445-9124||Teacher Librarians | Library Media Specialists | School Librarians | Librarians with Attitude|
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Updated October 7, 2001
The following pointers are offered to those seeking to excel in abusing the facilities of the library...
1. Book in by ringing up a minute prior to the lesson.....better still just turn up without any notice at all. Theres nothing like spontaneity!
2. Dont restrict the students individuality by asking them to line up outside the library...just pour in like a horde of Assyrians on the rampage!
3. Dont bother preparing the students for the assignment by discussing expectations, guidelines etc. Wait until you get into the library to bark a few ill- considered instructions at them over the noise all the other library users are making to get themselves heard. Be deliberately vague about what the aim of the assignment is. For example just tell them to find something out about the chosen topic. Dont be specific about what you want them to research. Guidelines are so limiting!
4. Dont keep your class in one area of the library...let them mingle and socialize with /disturb one of your colleagues classes. Share your lack of organization!
5. Dont discuss the assignment beforehand with the Librarian...but demand he drop everything when you arrive and ask him to give an impromptu explanation of the Dewey Decimal system and the meaning of life.
6. Dont expect your students to use the full splendor of the librarys resources...why bother with the catalogue, periodicals A/V resources,CD-ROMs, online databases, or the Internet - when you can fall back on the 1948 edition of World Book. (Actually that was a joke..I took the 1948 edition off the shelves last week!)
7. Library lessons are excellent opportunities for catching up on local news. Relax with a cup of coffee and the local newspaper....if you can get to it before your students do...after all its bound to have a potted biography of Tycho Brahe amid its squalid pages!
8. Dont inhibit your students creativity by expecting them to focus on the task in hand..foster the jelly fish approach to learning...drifting here and there in the hope that some morsel of information will present itself to their voracious thirst for knowledge!
9. Dont actively supervise your students and dont be aware of what theyre up to..its so much more fun to find out about scratched CDs and torn pages after the event!
10. Finally wait until after the bell has gone to get the students to pack up, borrow items, tidy their desks etc. Enjoy the harassed look on the librarians face as he tries to loan books, ensure items are placed on the return trolley and answer the phone at the same time..no doubt some other malignant soul is on the line with another group of ...er ..students!