Well here we are at the end of the week, time flies when you’re not looking. It’s been a funny week. First half was fine, second half dramatically different. FE is difficult to describe to anyone who has never experienced it. The students are still very young, some as young as 14 in some courses, other students are the usual 16-21 age bracket and then we have mature students from 22 upwards. There is no upper age limit. We have to cater for all students, learning styles, learning spaces, resources, technology. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don’t, and sometimes the major problems we do have are not solvable by us.
Being a Librarian in FE means being a jack of all trades. Administrator, technician, reprographics, researcher, counsellor, crowd control, mediator, the list is endless. Some days all I do is book computers, fill printer and photocopier trays, and issue books interspersed with answering the phone and asking in vain for the noise to abate. And some days you get students who come up to you and request books to read, request to sign up to the latest reading challenge, openly enquire as to any book recommendations we can give, referencing advice and searching for journal articles.
On good days, the LRC fair buzzes with noise of students getting stuck into learning. On the bad days, well probably best not to dwell too much on those…..
Highlight of the week for me this week was our Fancy That event yesterday. Loads of students and staff interacting with each other and genuinely interested in everything.