Sunday, February 27, 2011

Feburary 24, 2011----LIS 489

Time: 8:00 am to 3:15 pm with a 30 minute break

Thursday was a day for putting a little more books into the cataloging system and processing them to be put on the shelves. Also, Thursday was a day to help student patrons with finding the printers, their passwords, and check them out laptop.

To process the books that I put in the cataloging system starts as:

1. While putting the books in the system: I will give them a bar-code number,
2. I will have a word document that I can put the bar-codes for the labels on the spine and back cover.
3. When finish putting books into the system: I will locate the document when going to the 'back office' section of the library.
4. I will go first to the bar code label section to get the back cover labels ready to print out. I will locate the document with the bar codes for the books through the browser. I will open them for the system to recognize them.
5. Make sure the dimensions are ready and then click on 'report'. I will refresh the list of documents.
6. Open the labels and then print the labels on the label sectioned paper that was placed in the printer.
7. Then take the books that you bar coded and match them up with the labels that were printed out.
8. Put labels on the cover or their proper place and then put a protective plastic sheet over the label. This is for the scanner to read the code better and protect the label from damaging factors.

9. Finally, stamp the book in the front, back and somewhere in the middle with the 'Petal High School Library' logo.

For the spine, the process is the same for locating the same document and making sure everything is ready to print on spine label paper. I placed special sectioned label paper into the printer and printed out. Then, after the labels were printed, the books received their labels from me or a teacher's assistant that was in the library at that time.

Help is a good thing.

Feburary 22, 2011------LIS 489

Time: 8:00 am to 11:45 am
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Tuesday was almost the same as the last Tuesday schedule. The computers came out for a class that came into the library. When the period was ending, the coordinator for came in and instructed the students to log off their account and enter the user name and password to log back in. The bell rang and it was up to us to pull up the web page for the students that were going to take the survey online. When that was done, the teacher aids helped check-in the laptops and put them away for the next class to come and use them.

When there were areas of time that were not busy, I put books into the system. I put books on the shelf with the help of a teacher's assistant and the job went quickly. I helped patrons find information that needed to log-in into the computers.

I learned that on busiest of days there is always more to do and making a list can help you through the day. So, you can see what is the most important to accomplish for that day.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Feburary 17, 2011-------LIS 489

Times: 8:00 am -11:30am
12:30 am - 3:35pm

Thursday was a day of non-stop motion of helping with different areas of the library. Today was a similar day of setting up the laptops and the desktops computers for students to use them to do survey. With the help of the T.A.s that are in the library, we were able to check them out, check them in, set up the computers for students, shut them down, put them in there spot to charge, and start all over again.

When we didn't have much students in the library, I took it upon myself to add books to the library system called 'Destiny'. Some of the books that I was adding to the system were scanned to make sure the content was appropriate for young readers. Some of the books were cartoon books called manga which are Japanese, Korean, or another Asian product of cartoon illustrated books. Sometimes what the artist or publishing company considers to be appropriate could be different to the viewings of American readers views.

I learned that sometimes a librarian has to step back from the situation to determine what should be done to suit the patron's needs and the library needs. I learned that a librarian can be busy with minor or major situation at one time and rushing never helps.

Feb. 15, 2011-------LIS 489

Times: 8 - 3:30 with a 30 minutes break

Tuesday at the high school, they were taking a survey for the school to improve its self for the different sections of the school. The site that they used is

The students had to use the desktops and laptops during the second period plus the third period for them to be able to take the test with such high numbers of students. Technology can throw curve balls at a librarian with pressing wrong buttons on the keyboard or keypad. A librarian has to take a breath and take the technology problem with strides to fix the problem, as I am told by Ms. Sorensen.

For the other periods, I helped with checking in and out books, help students paying their fines, and start a list of bar codes for those books. Those books that have lost the spine label as well as the back cover label. Some students from other classes in the other periods forgot their passwords and user names, I helped them find them. I made copies for students that needed them. I put some of the books back on the shelves because there was so many to put back.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thursday, Feburary 10, 2011

Time: 8:00 to 11:30
11:55 to 3:35

Thursday seemed to be the same process with the laptops being checked in and out all day. This happened through out the day with classes coming in and out.

I helped finish putting barcode labels on books and spines by putting plastic covers over the labels with the students that worked in the library. Then to finish processing the books, a student and I stamped 'Petal High School' in the front, middle, and back of the book. Then, the books were ready to be shelved for the patrons to check out. I only was able to finish the fiction because of a class coming into do their project and I needed to help with little things like log-in information plus other minor stuff.

I learned that books always fill up the 'To be shelved' shelf quickly or moderately quickly, but doing some everyday will help the pile not overflow.

Feburary 8, 2011 -------- LIS 489

Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 with a break in between of 30 minutes.

Tuesday was a very eventful day at Petal High School. The entire day seemed to be a continuous cycle of taking out the laptop computers; checking them out; letting the students use them; the students using them for projects; checking them in; and then letting them charge. Sometimes the students would forget the log-in information and I could help them with the information. I helped check in books and check them out.

I helped find information about abnormal childhood diseases that the students needed for their research paper or help find information on countries. When the library seemed calm, I helped shelf books that needed to be placed on the shelves to make room for other books that needed to be placed on the shelves.

I tried to help the students and teachers to the best of my capability if they came to me for a question. If I did not know the answer to the question, then, I asked Ms. Sorensen the question.

I learned that librarians can have days that she/he will never stop moving and that sometimes the questions that her/his patrons will ask will keep her/his on their toes. Also, I learned that librarians can be pulled in different directions at once, and sometimes a deep breath can let that librarian slow down to figure out the answer or the problem.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Feburary, 3, 2010-----LIS 489

Time: 8:00 to 11:30
12:20 to 3:00

Arrived and signed in. Started by looking at which class was coming to the library to use the laptops. I saw that a couple teacher were coming in that day and pulled out the laptops for those classes. The laptops were placed at the counter for students to come and check them out.

Today, Ms. Sorensen assigned me the job of putting covers on books. When the books were done, I put more books back on the shelves. Then, I put some more books into the system. Later, when I came back from seeing my 'Little'. I started the process of putting labels on books and materials with the help of Ms. Sorensen. She told me what to do to get the labels for the spine and the back cover to print out within the system. Then, I started place the labels on books and materials but was stopped by the closing down due to bad weather.

I learned that there are a lot of tedious job(s) in the library, but taking a rest to tackle the later makes it better when going back to the job(s).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Feburary 1, 2011----LIS 489

Time: 8:00 to 3:40 with a lunch break of 30 minutes

This Tuesday seemed different from last Tuesday, because last Tuesday was my first.

For this Tuesday, I first signed in and then I went to go see the officer that works there at the high school. So, I could have an ID to identify myself within the school grounds. I went to the police house at 10 o'clock to get the ID done.

Before and after the ID was made, I helped shelve the books that were on the side cart beside the check-out counter. The other jobs that I helped do was put books into the Destiny system, checked in and out books, helped students find their information to sign in, helped on 'receiving on accounts' with fines and books, and tried to help with other things within the library.

I learned event more that a school librarian has to be flexible in everything she/he does within the library. I learned that shelving books are a constant job and that a librarian has to pay attention to books being out of place. So, that the librarian will have happier patrons, when they are searching for books.