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Library School is great, but don’t forget that on-the-job training

I learned many excellent and useful things in my Library School (which was UCLA’s then-named Graduate School of Library and Information Studies), but there were no courses on: Creating easy and fun crafts out of manila folders, paper plates, round colored labels, toilet paper tubes, or the round metal tops of frozen juice cans.  Figuring out respectful and kind ways to prevent a person with personal hygiene issues from emptying out an entire section of the library. Removing all manner of graffiti from all manner of surfaces. Finding and keeping good Friends – and gently tempering the enthusiam of those Friends who take their role rather too seriously.  Discovering the best products for cleaning books and DVDs/CDs.  Maintaining a bland and attentive expression while a patron explains why he shouldn’t be charged a fine for a book his dog ate or decries the library policy of requiring picture i.d. to get a…

What I Wasn't Taught in Library School...

What I Wasn’t Taught in Library School… money and fighting and phones! Oh my!

What I wasn’t taught in library school was: – How to plan and implement a program for 30 children for a total cost of $5.00 – How to handle fighting children and/or parents in a storytime! – How to get parents to hang up their phones! (Hint: involve them in the program.  “We need a tree… Jimmy’s Mom!  Can you be the tree?”)  Amy Schardein Children’s Librarian Kenton County Public Library