It is highly unlikely that I will ever teach a library course, but I’ve been curious to see what it’s all about. My colleague was kind enough to offer to let me sit in on his library instruction session for a writing class today. He gave me a copy of the syllabus last week, I came onto campus in the morning (my circulation desk shift starts at 2), and I scribbled my usual illegible notes while he demonstrated how to utilize databases for a persuasive essay. I was struck by how the students were actually engaged with answering questions, and how much the air of approachability makes all the difference. Speaking/demonstrating in front of a class for two hours still seems absolutely terrifying to me but I think the more I observe how it’s done, the less alien it will be.
Last Friday at my other job, I was surprised with a task of assisting my other colleague with hanging a series of illustrations from our archive in the library’s gallery in the main lobby. Elmer and Berta Hader wrote and illustrated children’s books together, and Concordia has an amazing collection of their artwork:
We picked about 10 pieces that looked close enough to Halloween-themed and did our best with hanging them according to what we thought were correct wall-to-frame measurements. We then discovered that we hung them too low, and we gifted a very appreciated student worker with the task of moving each of the frames up by 3 inches.