Miss Information is annoyed by teachersTeachers work for the government too. You’d think they’d have some understanding of red tape and budgetary problems and ummm…well, reality. Miss Information understands your pain. Reality is a major bitch. However, denying its existence and arguing endlessly with Miss Information about it doesn’t help. In fact, it just means you have an additional bitch to deal with. Arguing over the existence of stuff makes Miss Information really cranky.
Yes, annoying Teacher #1. You do have to pay your fines. You took out the books. You didn’t bring them back on time. That you are a teacher doesn’t give you special dispensation. Because you are a teacher and presumably smart, renewing your books should present no specific challenge. You can do that in person, online or over the phone, either by talking to a real person or by pressing buttons. See how easy?
No, annoying Teacher #2, the library does not have videos about French vocabulary for grade 7 children. Why would it? The library has movies with car chases and explosions. Miss Information is fond of movies with car chases and explosions. Maybe you could take the Borat DVD and use the French soundtrack option. Your students would probably learn new vocabulary and that would be sort of educational.
Well, annoying Teacher #3, it is too bad that the all the Kwanzaa music has been signed out already. It is that time of year. Maybe if you had thought ahead and not come in the day before you needed it…
Annoying Teacher #4 you need to keep better track of your stuff. That highly confidential student report card you left in the library photocopier was discovered by a library staff member and put away. Next time you may not be so lucky. And don’t get all snitty that the quiet study room isn’t available because someone is using it to write an exam. Shouldn’t you be happy that somebody somewhere is getting an education?
A lot of you get really whiny when you learn that the library doesn’t have your curriculum support material. Not to get picky about it, but the library doesn’t really know what your curriculum needs are until you show up at the desk demanding that Spanish language movie about the periodic table. First problem: who would make a Spanish language movie about the periodic table anyway? Second problem: if such a thing exists why would the public library want it? There is a belief that the library is filled with lofty and obscure academic material. This is wrong. The library is filled with books by Zane and DVD movies where stuff blows up. You know—things people actually want to sign out.
Miss Information suggests you harass the board of education library for your educational needs. Come to the public library for cool movies with car chases and explosions. An alternative plan would be to start teaching a unit on exploding cars. The library could give you a ton of exploding car movies, the kids would love it, you could somehow tie it all into physics and even better, Miss Information won’t get all stressed out trying to find you that curriculum stuff the library doesn’t have. Everyone would be so much happier that way.