So, I have worked as A Librarian all summer long, as a circulation librarian.
To say that I am a different person now than when I started this journey in May would be an understatement.
The fun stuff is that I have Superpowers now!
I can *SHOOSH* (really! I did it! It works!)
I am a Rock of Immovable Immobility in the face of fines. (Sorry, I can’t check this out to you, you owe a fine.)
Super-Vision: Things what are Out of their Proper Place have a glowing aura about them now.
But the best SuperPower is that I am in a position to help folks get on with their lives. The majority of these students are adults, of an age or older than me, picking up their college ambitions after a thirty + year hiatus. That is phenomenal, to me.
Take a moment and think about what has changed in the last 30 years.
Pretty much, um… Everything. To put this question into perspective, many of my students come in expecting to use a typewriter. That’s one massive learning curve, and to tackle a college degree with this skill set? Good golly, that is moxie, balls, brave-itude.
It is my job to teach folks how to use Microsoft Word, how to access the Internet, how to send an email. And I love it.
Most of my job is spent calming panicked students down, walking through the problem of why The Thing won’t print or save or turn cartwheels or whatever.
We do some “How to Use the Dictionary” dance, a little “This is a USB drive and how to use it” sing-along, and (my personal favorite) “what the hell is a hanging indent?” improv.