Wednesday, October 08, 2008

help me brainstorm!

I'm attempting to make the YA section a bit more interesting and I have some space I want to fill. Until I can meet with the Teen Advisory Group (December) I want to put up some random quotes from YA books, movies, tv show etc. So, gimme some quotes, bit it from The Outsiders, Sixteen Candles, or Gossip Girls! Funny, thoughtful, strange (just PG so I don't get in trouble!!!)

The more the merrier! Than I can rotate them. Everyone knows a YA section should never be static for more than a few weeks.

Friday, October 03, 2008

empty canvas, blank page

So, after a day of training, I snuck over into the Young Adult section to sort of figure out the sitch with the layout and such. The librarian that is training me told me I could pretty much do whatever I wanted to with the area. There are lots of cool spots of displays and such. The wall of the end of the shelf is pretty much a giant display board, there are similar spots above the book cases in one area, and then a large bulletin board on the wall.

There is also a really creepy mannequin that they apparently acquired from Talbot's for the heck of it. She's dressed as a cowgirl. Every time I walked into the area, she freaked me out because I thought she was a person! She's taking up a valuable seat, so I think I will move her somewhere else. I'm wondering what other poses she could do...

ANYWAY - I need to start brainstorming what sort of stuff I'd want decorating the area. I need lots of ideas because, as everyone knows, any area designed for teens needs to be changing and updated constantly to keep them coming back to check it out. I'm thinking of using some Unshelved comics (probably the Sunday Reader's Advisory ones). Need to think of a way to decorate for Teen Read Week...

yeah, seeing the YA section and thinking of all the stuff I can do to it makes me excited about this job. The endless training of stuff I already am familiar with is just wearing me out. I wish they could have just asked me what I knew already before hand because I'm getting a little tired of saying "yes, I know that." Ah well, next week is pretty much all floor time, plus I get to attend the Children's Librarian meeting. Perhaps we can play some programs for the tweens!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

training training training

Well, it has been a very busy couple of days and I am totally wiped out. The weirdest part is that I've been in training, which means sitting in a room and being talked at a lot. Most of it is stuff I'm already familiar with. I'm so itching to get out onto the desk and be a librarian again.

There's a small pile of papers on my desk at work with meeting minutes and such. Looks like I'll be playing an active part in the collection development process when it comes to the YA collection. "Active" meaning they send in lists of items that need to be repurchased every few months. HCPL still has branch by branch collections instead of a shared collection like AACPL has, so I'll have to get used to that. Both forms have their advantages and disadvantages.

I learned how to navigate their catalog system. They are using Horizon, which is made by SIRSI, the same people that made Workflows, which is what I've been using for the past 4 years. A few similarities, more so with the new version of workflows that I saw briefly before leaving my LA position. A few more ways to narrow your search, which is always helpful.

One of the librarians is planning a Beatles program for November. I'm so going to try to help out with that because The Beatles pretty much got me where I am today. Talk about full circle! Anyway, need to brainstorm up some activities for that.

Tomorrow, I think I get to actually work the desk for a little bit instead of just shadowing. Here's hoping that there are not any microfilm questions. *shudders at thought of fiddling with that machine*