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Re: Advice

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Leigh Collazo <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:50:23 +0000

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Hi, Kathleen,

What an uncomfortable situation to be in! I agree with Rita--it sounds like you handled it well and stood your ground. We have to do that sometimes to protect our students' use of library space, even if someone disagrees. Maybe he was just having a bad day, or maybe he just doesn't get it. It doesn't really matter why he argued about it. What does matter is that, just as you didn't stomp on his toes about the cell phone, he can't dictate how the library space is used. Does he ever send students to use the library from his classroom? Where do his students make up tests? When do they check out the books they need? Would he be angry if his students were shut out of the library because another teacher had booked that time slot?

For the book trailer project, I also agree with Rita. Just proceed with the planning as if it never happened. 

Best of luck to you,

Leigh Collazo
Senior School Librarian and Head of Libraries
Dulwich College Suzhou
360 GangTian Rd., SIP
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
215021
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From: School Library Media & Network Communications <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Rita Doyle <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 1:42 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [Marketing Mail] Re: Advice

Kathleen, I agree with your stance and hope you will stick to your assertion that another teacher cannot shut down the library. That teacher's students can use it, but that teacher should not be able to prevent other student's from using it as well.  Maybe you can just assert that open access throughout the day is essential to a productive library program, and that does not in any way prevent his/her students from doing what they need to do. (chatting after a test because they have nothing else to do isn't quality time. Perhaps they could browse magazines, or read short stories, or just relax and read that novel they never have time to read)

When it comes to collaborating on the book trailer project, just proceed with the planning and discussion as if the other complaint never occurred. Maybe he or she was just having a bad day, or week. On the other hand, it is awkward and not pleasant when one teacher doesn't follow school policies. (cell phone use)

Good luck!
Rita Doyle

Ms. Rita N. Doyle, Library Media Specialist, K-12
Cedar Cliff Local Schools
194 Walnut Street
Cedarville, OH 45314
937-766-1871 ext 1150

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From: School Library Media & Network Communications [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kathleen McComb
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:12 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Advice

What would you do in this situation? I have a flexible schedule. I set up times and lessons to collaborate with teachers when I can as well. I also do not close the library all day even though I am technically entitled to a planning hour. I do this to provide better services for staff and students, and tend to get enough time during the week to get things done in between students.  I am at 2 different middle schools one day at one next day at the other. I have a teacher who signed out the library last week, they are NWEA testing in our connected computer lab. They often want to put their kids next door with nothing to do after testing. Which if that is what the teacher wants them to do  He tried to tell my new (to the position entirely 1 week)  secretary that the library needed to be closed when he signed it out because he wanted to spread out his kids for testing because he had 37 . I told her to tell him that we don't close that others can still use the library that they can still use the library and we keep the kids that come in quiet, but it might be better if he uses the extra tables in the lab to put the laptops on so that they can test. If he wants it completely closed that would be a decision an administrator would have to make. Today he checked out the library again he told about 8 of his kids if they weren't testing and or playing a game on the computer they could come over here and talk. Shortly after I had three kids sign in to make up different tests from different teachers rooms. I was standing between the lab door and the library and had asked his kids a couple of time to whisper because I  had test takers in the library right now. I was not rude in the list was just getting them to talk quieter before they started to get louder. I also told one of his kids that we did not allow cell phones out but if she still wanted to use it she could use it in the lab if said teacher was okay. We have a building policy of no phones, but again  I wasn't telling him he couldn't do it I was just taking care of my own space.  He takes his kids out of the library and then says to me what is the point of checking out the library if other people can use it.  I said I must accommodate everyones needs and that it shouldn't be closed to students because one person checks it out there are kids that need to work on computers there are kids that need to test there are kids that need to check out books. Even if it was checked out and someone was doing a lesson or if I was collaborating on a lesson I would still accommodate the kids that needed to take a test by making sure we were quiet during our lesson. First and foremost his students were not working on anything educational, but I am supposed to tell kids that needed a place to make up a test that they can't use. Sorry rambling, but could use some advise on how to handle this situation. This is the same person I am supposed to be collaborating with next hour on a book trailer project with their advanced kids. Any advice on how those of you in positions similar to myself have handled situations such as these it would be greatly appreciated as I am kind of at a loss of how to handle this at the moment or should I just let it go.  I hope this is an appropriate question for this listserve but I could use some professional advice.


Thanks
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Kathleen McComb
Media Specialist
Stevenson/Franklin Middle School


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