Today’s post does not feature a new outfit (it’s the outfit you saw yesterday!). So why am I doing this post? Because for a librarian, I don’t have that many photos of me actually in a library on this blog! (Why not? Because natural light is so much better for photos, and lighting in libraries is generally pretty bad, at least for photo-taking.)
So for today, it’s like seeing an animal in their natural habitat in the wild — in this case, a librarian in a library! Plus, there are bonus outtakes! 🙂
And wasn’t it perfect that I happened to have my “banned books” pouch with me? Banned Books Week, an annual week-long event celebrating books and the freedom to read (by bringing attention to books that others attempt to ban or challenge), starts this year on Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 1, 2016. This year, Banned Books Week celebrates diversity!
Background: This is not MY library. This is the Evergreen State College library in Olympia, Washington. We visited the nearby Evergreen State College after we spent the morning and early afternoon at the state capital (see yesterday’s post), as we had heard it was a beautiful campus. And it is! It’s almost like visiting a state park. The library is in the heart of the campus — always a good thing! — and I always have to visit the library when we visit a new campus/town/country.
And look at the cool way their library is using their old card catalogs!
Now time for bonus outtakes!
Real life, AKA:
“It’s super hot, so I’m tying this cardigan around my waist.”
“Oh, we’re taking photos for real? Then I need to put my cardigan back on! We’re in a library, for goodness sake!”
“Ok, now let me pose in a funny, stereotypical way, like I just came across two people talking in the quiet zone.”
But I couldn’t quite keep the smile off my face!
“Oh, you caught me shelf-reading again? Yeah, it’s not my job anymore, but sometimes, I just like to keep my hand in.” 😉
Fun fact: We started out in the American lit section and then moved to the British lit section (for Jane Austen). Sam then spied this title, Jane Austen in Style, and OF COURSE so I then had to pose with that book for the blog! 😀
And yes, after posing with the book, like a good library user, I did NOT reshelve it. Instead, I put it on one of the book carts, with other books to be reshelved.
Pro tip: Please do NOT reshelve books you take off library shelves. A lot of users think they’re helping us by reshelving the books — and I totally understand that instinct! — but you actually help us by NOT reshelving books. Why? Because when library staff reshelve books or other library materials, we get stats about what items are actually looked at (versus checked out), so we can track usage of library materials in a different, but equally important, way. Plus, it gives shelvers (usually students, part-timers, classified staff, or volunteers) practice to shelve books and get more familiar with the classification system that that library uses (if it’s an academic library, that’s usually the Library of Congress classification system, or “LC” for short).
Ok, your library service message for the day is over! You’re welcome! 😉
Did you enjoy seeing me in a library? Please leave a comment and let me know. 🙂
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