Yes, we are back to talking about fairies. Last time was dedicated to library-y things that I took for granted – books with plastic covers. Today, I’m going to the talk about the fairy godmother things that the librarians and staff at Ivy Tech do – and I do too. And some of them wouldn’t appear in a standard job description. And that’s something I love about librarianship and community college libraries: we do everything.
Templates: Ivy Tech heavily uses LibGuides, which I personally think is wonderful. One librarian here does the majority of instruction and almost helps maintain LibGuides. For one class, she made an APA style paper template, right down to the headers and page numbers.
Children’s Books: Because Ivy Tech is a community college, the students here are at all stages of life and career, so some students are parents. This library may be small but it has a dedicated shelf for childrens books and they always have the new ones on display among other news books. The childrens section is adorable too.
Zzzz: When I first started, my supervisor gave me a tour of the space and explained how they had been rearranging things here and there. So as we’re walking around she points out two comfy chairs sitting along a wall next to the study rooms and the bank of computers. Apparently these two chairs used to be hidden away in the shelves and popular napping locations for students and now, since things have been rearranged, she is worried that students won’t have a place to rest anymore.
Advising?: I spend most of my day working at the desk, interacting with students and doing computer work. Like any academic library, we have our frequent visitors so I recognize quite a few students now despite only being here 12 hours a week. One of our regulars came up to me one day and asked how to drop a class. Naturally, as I do not attend Ivy Tech, I didn’t know so we did some trouble-shooting together to figure it out.