Labeling Children’s Books

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Labeling children’s book is not what I consider censorship. Censorship is when something is taken away due to content or when a book is flagged due to content. I liked this article because it made a good point about how labeling for reading levels and subjects is not to ‘pigeon hole’ children into making certain decision based on the labels. No, this labeling is done for the ease of the collection and the patron. It makes it easier to organize the collection to put similar materials together and to make it easier to browse. This kind of label is useful in both public and school libraries. I cannot tell you how often I will have children or their parents come to me and tell me how their child reads, what they like to read, and how well they read. Then they expect me to take that information and provide a book. If there was no labeling, I think I would be lost. Though with the labeling I can walk into the right area, pull out a good book. Then I can I say in this area there are similar books to this one that I think that you or your child may like. That is what makes labeling useful. It is not there to censor the child, it is not taking away options, and it is not a restriction. There is nothing there that is telling the child that they cannot walk around a corner and grab a book from there. However, they do not want to because they know they can find what they need right in front of them. I do not think that we as children librarians would be very effective if we could not label books. There is just way too much materials and books out there for children to not label them to make any sense out them.

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Self Check Out Ideas

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Self check out is an interesting thing because it is being adopted everywhere and not just in libraries. However, as the article pointed out, it has to suit the communities needs and not just be something that is being implemented for ease of the staff or the libraries budget. If it is not well suited for your community I do not feel that it will be well received. In my own community and the library I work for I know that half the time our one self check does not work. I have been working there for over six months and I think that four of that it has not worked. Our community does like the idea of the self checkout, but it is hardly there for them. In addition, I think another good point the article made that the staff needs to be trained on them. This is huge because I know that I have no idea how to use the machine, but patrons come to me all the time for help. I think that it is only useful if every one of the staff knows how to use so that it benefits everyone. Overall, the article makes the point that the this opportunity of the self check is not to take away from the librarians but to increase the chance to participate and interact with patrons. It offers a chance to get out from behind the desk and offer services and be right there for the patrons. I really think that this is great because we need more of that in the librarias today.

Islam and Murno’s Article

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In Islam’s and Murno’s article, it was interesting to read about information literacy translating from the high school level to the college level, and the gaps that come about. I have always felt like this was severely lacking due to the fact that most of the time that I have ran into most high schoolers are not prepared for what is to come in college. These freshmen do not quite know how to work what is all available to them when it comes to researching or papers, so then they are missing out on a lot. Yes, they may know how to start the research, but not always know how work the tools to get the answer. This article really opened my eyes on the discrepancies of what is being taught to our high schoolers when it comes to information literacy. I know from experience how overwhelming it is to be unprepared for college and needing to know and understand so many different things in order to succeed. I have always been on the idea that there needs to be a standardized goal for the School Media Librarians to teach students in information literacy. This article really has starting ground for where these students need to be at when they start college and where there is lacking areas that are hardly touched. This article showed an interesting aspect by looking at different regions in the United States and how different each region is meeting these standards. I think by standardizing and giving a better, more in depth lesson in information literacy before students graduate, they would be better prepared for college and less intimidated.

Epstein and 3D Printers

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This is a thought provoking article about libraries bringing in 3D printers. Now 3D printers are something that is hard to wrap my mind around. To think that we have made a machine that we put in some data and it prints out the tangible object. Of course, I understand and grasp the concept of the 3D printers, but to bring them into the library is something that is really a multi-sided opinion. Yes, it is great to offer something like that to the community who may never have a chance to work with or come in contact with the machine on their own. We, as libraries, are all about providing opportunities for our community and to give them access to what we can. Yet, there will always be the people who ruin it for everyone by abusing the power given to them. Should the library be held liable to the actions that they had not foreseen? Should the libraries that offer or are planning to offer a 3D printer have a system in place where they have to have a design approved before printing? But does that violate freedoms or rights by having to go through approvals? I just don’t know about this being in public libraries, are we ready to handle the responsibility? No matter what we do and what we do to protect ourselves, we should be prepared for whatever may come.

Reflections and Week 3

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September 10, 2013

Today, I got to explore the many aspects of EWU’s main library page and to begin to form my opinion on how it is set up. I find the library’s main homepage a bit overwhelming an little confusing. Though I know how to work around it and get the answers I need, it makes me wonder how newbies handle the homepage and being able to obtain information.

While looking through the website, an interesting subject of library and social media was brought. Now I can understand that we want to bring the library forward in the times and to show people that we are adapting. However, does an academic library need a Facebook page or a twitter page? Especially when the main EWU Facebook or twitter provides the same information. In my opinion, no I do not think that academic libraries need all the social media ‘stuff’. I do not mean that they should not adapt to the Web 2.0 standards and bring in the New Generation features. I feel that the public library has more of a use for a Facebook page. By having this, the library can reach a wide span of patrons and give out the information that may not be able to get to them otherwise when it comes to events and programming. Not only that, public libraries are the cent of the community and provide information for their patrons. Facebooking and Twittering may help spread news of the happenings of a community fast. Here is where I feel patrons pay the most attention, whereas in the academic library setting, if the patrons need information they will come to the library for it. I do not think that many of those patrons even think about checking on Facebook for certain things.

Week 2!

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September 4th, 2013,

Today I got to sit behind the reference desk in hope of getting familiar with how we are to ask questions and what resources we have available. It was great to get to know what is out there at our fingertips to help the students and answering their questions. I will be excited when the desk is busier and I will be able to practice what I have learned.

Annoyed by the Reading Gate Club

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Based on this blog post by the Annoyed Librarian: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2013/08/26/readingclubgate/ t

In Huston Falls, New York, a library director has decided to change the rules to the summer reading club based on one participant who has gone above and beyond the requirements for the summer reading program. The young man has won five years in a row because of his love of reading. I can understand the idea of changing the rules because of some unfairness that has happened, but I do not see any unfairness that this young man of nine years old has won because of his sheer love of reading. Yet, I feel that there is some information missing. Yes, this boy has read 63 books, but what types of books where they? I could understand changing the rules for reading levels have to read certain books, but not leveling the odds of winning by the chance of probability. I feel that since they know that this young man is going to probably win, why not reward him a special way? The normal book log sheet holds about 25 entries or so. Take this number and say if you read this many books above the minimum that fits on the sheet, they could win a special prize outside of the normal one. This way it is available to everyone, even if they do not make it. It is still a tangible feat.

I do not see the fairness in taking out the recognition to a voracious reader that should be commended for his love of books. Yes, I can see how others are getting discouraged but there is a way to work it out so everyone wins without leaving it to chance.