I found the image above on this blog. I was interested that that the word reading was so small. These things work on the number of times a word crops up, the more times it sees the word in the document the bigger it gets. I was a bit shocked. While I am all about shiny new toys, information literacy and all the new things we can do in the library especially the technology, there is a big part of my job which is all about the reading. Without the reading I’d lose my mojo, the biggest thrill for me is still the connection of brain with book or reading material. Right book at the right time, that is something that makes me very proud. Engaging the student who has practised reading avoidance all his life and who was lurking at the back of the library during a booktalk, he comes up and grabs the book before anyone else can get it. I love that.
I’m interested in what you guys think about this. Is reading still your reason de et re? How you get the blend of bookish goodness and technology working together? Is it a natural mix?
In my opinion (and as always I’m happy to share it) a modern school library runs the risk of only being seen for one or the other. Technology and information seeking or the book reading place. So, my booktalks are snappy, sassy and slightly surreal, but my skills on a computer are also well and truly on show, but often not to the same people, or with the same students, I think many of them see me as one thing or the other, when I want them to see me as both, something for me to work on. How does it work for you guys?