Friday, March 19, 2010

Instruction, Planning for

The more time a librarian spends preparing for a library instruction session, the more disappointed that librarian will be when it doesn't go as well as expected. Spare yourself the time, energy, and frustration by following this lesson plan:  
  1. Show up for class ten minutes late.
  2. Muddle through a database search on "global warming" (no matter what class it's for).
  3. Deride the class for being "a bunch of damn do-nothing millennials."
Dismiss class by abruptly walking out and slamming the door behind you for dramatic effect.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

do you have to give them a class evaluation form if they were wearing ear buds for the entire class?

Anonymous said...

I skip evaluation forms. Here at big state university (bsu, har har), our students volunteer their evaluations in the form of comments like "So, don't really need to know this?"

Melanie said...

LMBO!!!

The.Effing.Librarian said...

I also yell out, "You suck!" as I storm out...

burningwindow said...
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burningwindow said...

yes!!! i have spent *way* to much time preparing for library instruction sessions--some of which were mediocre at best (at least energy-wise).

I'll try slamming the door next time.

One of the best instruction sessions I ever did was a spontaneous, 10-minute-late fill-in-job for a librarian who had overslept the class (as I have done). The students were so amazed by my bewildered appearance that they were totally in awe of it and stared straight ahead like: "omg. what is SHE going to do?"

the classroom was somehow teeming with the insane energy of it all which propelled us through a fabulous session on short-story literary criticism

Anonymous said...

Except in MY case, I am the one that's the damn millenial, and a good portion of the students I do the instruction for are older than me. How's that for nightmare inducing role reversal? The students are frightened by me, and rightfully so.