Marshall Community & Technical College & the University Libraries

Friday, February 03, 2006

Welcome current and future PLT students!

I created this blog so we can discuss various and sundry issues pertaining to the Public Library Technician program at Marshall. Anyone affiliated w/ the program or WV libraries can post to the list. I also invite faculty and staff to discuss issues that may impact PLT students and/or the program in general. Our goal is to provide another outlet for you to communicate!


Blogger Monica Brooks said...

Hmmmm....guess folks are busy w/ other things...but in case you want to discuss an issue, check out - they are applauding recent budget increases:

From ALA: "The President's Budget requests $262,240,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an increase of $15,096,000 or 6.1 percent over FY 2006. For the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the budget includes $220,855,000, an increase of $10,258,000 over FY 2006. The LSTA number includes an increase in the Grants to States program, bringing funding for that program to $171,500,000. The ALA has actively supported an increase in Grants to States funding as this funding level will allow full implementation of a 2003 law to provide a more equitable distribution of state formula grants."

7:50 AM

Blogger Cherie said...

Any time the libraries can get money to improve our service is a good day. How do they decide how
much each state is allowed or is it
a project by project grant each state competing against another to fund their project?

6:25 AM

Blogger Patsy said...

In the fall of 2005 I did an Independent Study for ITL 485. I am working towards my Regents Degree and needed a 400 level class.

I studied under Associate Dean of Libraries, Monica Brooks. I worked 6 hours a week at the Reference Desk with Librarians. They taught me how to use the Reference area and how to break down the questions students brought to the desk. It is amazing how much information there is to learn, but also amazing at how you learn it too. There is so much on the internet, (databases) and what the internet has to offer. There is still more information in the “books” in the reference section to explore and conquer. Having the interaction with the students and getting them started on assignments is a head rush at times. When a class gets an assignment you can get a feel for the rest of the day and how the rest of the week can play out. You can get together with the reference team and start sharing how the assignment works.

Of course all 6 hours were spent at the reference desk, then I kept a journal of all the different types of informational queries I had and how the questions were solved. You answer the phone and direct students through out the library. I was able to help teach the bibliographic instruction classes that are taught at the beginning of each semester with the University 101 classes. This class helps the “first time” library users get their “feet wet” finding information and how the libraries online databases work and how to find BOOKS in the library. It shows them how to find journal articles and where to locate the journals.

I also kept the statistics for the university 101 classes for the librarians and staff that taught and kept an on going spreadsheet on the evaluations of the class.

I hope that all of the students in the PLT program has the chance to spend time working in the Library and keeps such a journal. You will be rewarded over and over again. It gives you a good feeling that you are a part of the learning process for students. You are part of the life long learning process of helping them learn how to find the answers.

I did a portfolio and killed a couple of trees in the process. I didn’t think I would have enough information to amount to a paper and do justice to the program. However, once my mind started remembering everything I had learned while working at reference and the difference in the work I did with each day it was easy to do.

Patsy Stephenson

9:51 AM

Blogger Monica Brooks said...

Good question Cherie - if it's anything like the IMLS grant programs, it will pit libraries against each other for uneven grant awards.

By the way, did the other Dean Brooks (Billie) contact you? If not, let me know - just email me at my Marshall address.

10:15 AM

Blogger Monica Brooks said...

Wow Patsy - that’s' so cool. As an educator, we dream about the potential to put theory into practice! Working with you on this was a joy in addition to reinforcing some of the things we try to convey in the PLT program. I am so glad it turned out to be a practical and meaningful experience for you and of course, us! Your input helped Reference staff look at serving non-traditional students in a whole new light! And that is really cool!

10:18 AM

Blogger Anodyne said...


Thought you may be interested to know (if you didn't already) that Kanawha County Public Library has approved use of its educational funding to support employees who enroll in the PLT program.

Competition for these funds can be tough, but the new policy places priority for this program over re-embursment for degrees that are not directly related to library activities.

6:49 AM

Blogger Monica Brooks said...

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOOOOO!!!!

12:59 PM

Blogger PatsySt said...

As part of the Indepent Study last fall, (an as Monica mentioned)I found that the non-traditional students are people who need the bibliographic instruction just as much as "freshman" in the Uni 101 classes. Remember adults returning to continue their education or START a program, 9 times out of 10 used a CARD CATALOG to find information and used the little green periodical indexes to find information. The technology of the computers and databases has changed all of the methods of even 10 years ago. Libraries need to look at the traditional students needs and have scheduled events for him in the evenings or weekends to help with "LIBRARY ANXIETY"

5:56 AM


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