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.
I have to say that problem patrons are something I know that I must expect when dealing with the public so closely. I really liked how Ms. Ferrel define what a problem patron is. This patron possess ‘undesired characteristics’ and this could be homeless people, criminals, or just unattended children (pg. 142). I have decided in a career in the public library and so I have to come to expect I will be dealing with this crowd. However, I like the idea of shifting the thoughts into thinking not about the people, but the behavior. This is because when we are thinking about the people, we are actually thinking about how they are behaving. It may not necessarily be the person that is offending the others around, it is how they are acting. Then taking this focus, we can then try to solve and bring in expectations on how we can resolve the disturbance and prevent them in way all patrons can understand. I really agree that these behaviors just go outside our comfortable norms and expectations and so in order to solve these ‘problem’ behaviors we might need to step outside of this comfortability. Yes, I agree that upholding rounded policies and providing a good foundation is a good start in solving this problem behavior. But as a final thought, I feel that we, as librarians, can come to understand that problems arise from behavior and not just the person, but the other patrons may not be able to be as accepting or understanding. I feel that we can only solve the problem at our level, but have to understand that we will probably still have complaints and issues of irritated patrons from the behavior that has gone outside of their comfortable norm.
August 26th, 2013!
Monday I started my first day of my practicum. I was introduced into the world of an academic librarian and some pretty interesting things. I am excited to find the dynamics of the practicum to be wide ranging even just on the first day. I will be splitting my time between a business academic aspect and a children’s materials and education aspect. I had never considered a career as an academic librarian before, but I this may be a start into a new doorway.