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Ouch! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Ouch!
Just re-did a display. Very simple stuff--geometric shapes, bright colors, glue and construction paper, all tacked up on standing bulletin boards. So it took me all day. I decided for some unfathomable and apparently masochistic reason to have one element break from one board to the other, and there's a space in between, so I had to lay them out on the floor and measure where the shape would continue (and it probably isn't matching up right anyway). Then cutting circles and triangles and gluing and bending over, then climbing around on a footstool to tack them up, then putting the bulletin boards back where they belong (after doing some cleaning behind them)...

Man, I'm kind of wiped here. And my back hurts from crouching on the floor.

I feel a bit...: creative creative

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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 26th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Tell me about it. I'm another librarian. Been there, done that, bought the body cast.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Somehow or other, they forget to teach this in the Masters programs... (okay, you can probably take a class in it, but no one says it's more mandatory on-the-job than cataloging!)
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
This is the third complex one I've done. The first involved making a human figure out of scrap paper, the second was a faux-Mondrian layout to advertise our new art supply collection. This is the first one I've had spreading over both boards. It looks so simple. But it took forever. I used string to etch out the shapes. And one of the sheets I was working on ended up buckling a little from too much glue. But it's staying put.
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: March 26th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hell, yeah. As a teacher, I have many times come across great ideas for classroom bulletins, only to find myself four hours into the work and cursing every ancestor of mine for letting me even consider it. It's quite satisfactory once it's done, but I end up with the ever stronger resolution of not doing that again in a really long time - a couple weeks or so.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, teachers and librarians have a lot of overlap on the stuff no one remembers to tell us we'll spend a lot of time doing. And my ancestors must be well-cursed by now! Of course, I was sniffing indignantly when I came downstairs to look at it and found that no one had noticed...
cleindori From: cleindori Date: March 26th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
One of the stranger things I did during my teaching practicum last spring was to stay after school one day 'til almost 9:00 pm (meaning it was almost 10:00 by the time I finished my commute home that night) putting together a wall bulletin board display for the 3D geometry unit I was just starting with my grade 8 math classes -- with no dinner, and while running a fever. It turned out quite nice, though, and I know it helped some of my students to have it there. And it was all colourful and...geometric. But definitely one of my "they didn't teach us about this in the first six months of teacher school" practicum moments -- I had a lot of those over the three months. So you and your aching back have my sympathy, Fern! :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks.

The worst part about this one is that it doesn't actually accomplish anything. I'm not trying to teach anything or advertise anything. I was just getting sick of the old Read posters we had overlooking the lobby, so I said to myself, "Hey, how 'bout some construction paper art, like the good old days?"
cleindori From: cleindori Date: March 26th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does so accomplish something -- if the library displays never change, then everyone thinks the library is boring. You wouldn't want that, would you? :)
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