I can’t seem to avoid doing presentations in just about all of my library classes. My User Instruction (LBSC 702) is no exception. We all had to present a database of our choice for ten minutes. I’m glad it’s over with, but the one positive point of doing this assignment is that I got a chance to explore Oxford African American Studies Center’s database. The scenario I presented to the class was of a 9th grade class visiting their high school media specialist for research help for a paper on the writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
I haven’t given my blog much attention in October. It’s because I’m knee deep in LBSC 702 & 707. There’s something due each week, so I don’t have a lot of free time. I need a day off to catch up on sleep and other fun things.
I have managed to read while I’m on the treadmill getting my Fitbit steps in and I finished reading Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen: An American Lyric. Her book is a finalist for the National Book Award and she certainly has my vote. While I was reading it, I found myself thinking that she totally gets it. She was able to write the thoughts that I have, but am reluctant to say. I hope she wins, not only because I loved it, but so it will be on the radar of many more people. Anyway, if you want to read a piece or two from Citizen, check my Tumblr.
A few patrons have asked about Black-Eyed Susan books lately, so we created a display. The Maryland Association of School Librarians started this book award back in 1992 and I love the fact that students get a chance to vote on the titles that win.
To create the display, I used BCPL‘s website because they have a list of the winners and the nominated books from 2011 to the present year, for the picture books on up to high school. A display of just the winners wouldn’t fill the display, plus a lot of the recent winners are checked out anyway.
Good luck to Jacqueline Woodson‘s This is the Rope in the picture book category this year.
1. “Insomnia” by Mensah Demary (Tumblr post).
2. “5 Things – 8/31/14″ by Ashley C. Ford (Tumblr post).
3. “Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford” by Becky Vevea (Online article).
4. Monster Party! by Annie Bach (Picture book).
5. “It Will Soon Be Here” by Hilton Als (Essay).
6. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (Picture book).
7. “Choosing Your Own Race” by Emily Raboteau (Book review).
8. Bookhunter by Jason Shiga (Graphic novel).
9. “Animal” by Daniel José Older (Short story).
10. East of West, Vol. 2 by Jonathan Hickman (Graphic novel).
11. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (Novel/audiobook).
12. Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Picture book).
…this blog post would be about Banned Books Week, and I’d also mention the display I created for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Then, I’d probably end it with what it’s like to be on the other end of the interviewing process, but instead I’m going to work on my LBSC 702 homework since it’s pressing on my neck.
Enjoy this short film about a lonely robot instead.