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What Do You Wish Librarians Knew?

Many of you know, I work as a teen librarian (I also am the unofficial tween librarian at my branch and run programs for tweens as well as teens). Awhile back the fabulous Abby (the) Librarian ran a series of posts about Help Me Help You, what librarians wish patrons knew. I loved these posts and enjoyed reading the suggestions (if you haven't checked them out, go read them!)

But now I'm wondering what it is the patrons wish us librarians knew. How can librarians help you? What do you want us to know? Do you want a librarian to approach you while you're browsing books or do you prefer we sit at the desk and you come to us? Should library's let up on cell phone policies? Do you wish you could IM/text message a question? Better booklists? Teens or adults, what do you want the library to know about you? (And yes, I had to pick Giles because I think he's one of the coolest librarians!)

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  1. Giles is the king of librarians!!

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  2. Definitely the king of librarians.

    I want librarians to know that just because my book is overdue doesn't mean I've treated it badly.

    But I'm an adult, so that may not be the kind of thing you wanted to hear.

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  3. I love Giles! :)
    And yes, I am interested in this question as well! Do post the answers you get.

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  4. oh my gosh Giles!!! :) I miss him :(

    the IM thing is a good idea I don't know about text messages though. I personally wouldn't be fond of text messaging my librarian then again my librarian is mean. :(

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  5. Our library allows cell phones, just a note. I don't like to be approached, but I do like to talk when I go up to the front desk (which is the first thing I do, lol, to return my books and see if I have any books in), I'd just feel too much like they were crowding me if they came up to me (mostly because our library is supersmall).

    Excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by better booklists?

    I would love for our library to have a more interactive website as ours is only part of a regional site and not very personalized to our library.

    I'd like them to know that I follow 150+ blogs, write, read books that I borrow from my mom, make custom blog layouts, and that's on top of school, and working (when I work), I don't always have time to read my books by the due date, and giving me heck isn't going to make me read them any faster, and, on the contrary, will probably make me read it slower. Because I'm a rebel in my own way. :P

    Sorry about the mini-rant! I didn't notice it until it was done, lol.

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  6. Oh! And I forgot, I should point out that my library does not have late fees, not until the book's been out so long they're calling it lost.

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee