How Did Comps Go, You Ask?

You know I’m not going to tell you that easily. Here’s the full story.  ^__^

Got up ungodly early. Attempted to wrestle with the contact lenses and somehow ended up dropping both of them. Despite having paper towels in the sink, I could NOT find either one. Weird. I have dailies anyway, so no big deal, but I decided not to push the issue today and just take my stupid glasses.

Left the house awhile later, planning to get to the room a half-hour early so I’d have time to relax and focus. Tried to keep my mind off of things by listening to MC Yogi (who I am so glad to have been in an Anusara yoga workshop [I just wrote worksheep O_o  lol] with last August– he and his wife Amanda are the nicest people and great performers as well!) instead of my usual industrial/techno/goth mix.

Once I actually got to URI, it was cold and drizzly out, grey skies and everything and so naturally the proctor of the exam wasn’t there yet, meaning we all had to stand around outside the building in the lovely weather. There were only a handful of us there at that point– and I only recognized one person thusfar. I was very relieved to hear that everyone else felt just as tentative about the exam as  I did. But one of the girls had found out that comps aren’t given an actual grade, you either pass or you fail. That certainly made me feel a little better since I figured I’d be able to write down something coherent for whatever they asked.

Turns out that the proctor was my information literacy instruction professor, the one that had given me the perfect teaching score, so that also made me feel better. She used to be an elementary school librarian, so she has that calm yet cheerful demeanor that is pretty much prerequisite for working with kids that age (hence part of why I never, ever will lol). She opened up the building, we went in, went into our usual classroom. Even as more people filtered in, I was surprised not to see anyone else I knew. From the sounds of the conversations around me, everyone there was in the school library media track; they may have started the program at the same time as me, but took very different classes from the ones I did as an archives/academic leaning librarian, hence why I’d never seen them before.

Since there was still about twenty minutes before the test could begin, I didn’t stay seated the whole time. I got up, went upstairs where the landscaping department has their workshop, read the stuff on their bulletin boards. Went down to basement, paced up and down the dark, sketchy hallway, was surprised to find that the hidden bathroom down there was currently in use– most people avoided it after some cockroaches were seen darting around but eh, I’ve never seen them and wouldn’t care even if I did.

After awhile I returned to the classroom, now considerably fuller though there were still few people I recognized. Sat down, got comfortable, took some deep breaths and cleared my mind.  I’ve never really considered this meditation, per se. . .but I guess in a way it is.  I find it helpful to do before tests because by that point, you know as much as you’re going to know. By letting that space into your mind, you can actually stop and think about what you’re writing instead of just vomiting random facts onto the page as quickly as possible.

Before too much longer, it was time. Blue books were passed out and then the test itself. Before doing so much as picking up my pen, I decided to read through every question first.  As long as I could answer one in each section, I’d be golden. None of them turned out to be awful or impossible, but I decided on the three I’d do and opened up my extra “note taking” blue book to sketch outlines for each essay. Once that was done, I sat back and rested for a moment before really starting– this really wasn’t going to be awful.

It took me about 3 of the 4 available hours to finish. I’m sure I missed little things here and there, but seeing as these are graded pass/fail, I shouldn’t have anything to worry about. What were the questions? Since I know you all care so much, here they are (or at least the gist of them):

1. With technology being so omnipresent nowadays, is it wise for libraries to provide patrons with a specially designated “no technology zone?” We were asked to provide reasons why or why not based on a theoretical mission statement/guiding philosophy for the type of library of our choosing.

2. Explain how you would design an information literacy instruction program for a particular population that visits your institution. Describe who they are, why they have a need for ILI and what your program would consist of, including elements of evaluation and assessment. This was sinfully easy for me because I’m essentially *doing* this as part of a project for one of my classes.

3. How do millennials differ from other generations? What do they have in common? How would your type of library be able to better cater to them in a variety of ways (which we were told, but I’m not listing them all here). This was also sinfully easy since Travis and I talk about this ALL THE TIME. In this case they had millenials defined as 1983-2000, but I still think that generation doesn’t really begin until 1985 or so. At least they didn’t lump *us* into that category. I’m sorry, but being born in 1981 and 1982, we remember a world without the internet VERY WELL– the kids currently in college do not. This could easily turn into an entire entry in itself, so I’ll stop there, though maybe I’ll dive into it another time.

So fine. Everyone was right and comps were pretty damn easy.

Later in the day, Travis and I went  grocery shopping, but first we stopped at the Alex and Ani store that’s right across from our Whole Foods. Unlike the oh-so-popular Pandora, Alex and Ani make bracelets that are interesting to look at and much less expensive! Also unlike Pandora, their bracelets are meant to be stacked, so aside from ones with charms, they have “filler” bracelets with colored beads or patterns, etc. I’d take a picture of my bunch if I had a camera handy, but alas. I decided to go with the OM charm today, but there are a ton of others I like, so I know I’ll be back. ^__^ Another great thing about the company is that the jewelry is actually made here, in Rhode Island, which means buying their stuff is supporting local jobs. Actually the company’s world headquarters is located in offices right above the shop, so it’s altogether a local outfit. Just taking RI back to its jewelry making roots. 🙂

Well, that’s about all for today since I’m exhausted. Can’t promise I’ll write tomorrow because I slacked off in a number of creative ways at my jobs this past week, so now that all my hell weeks are over, I need to get back to doing legit library stuff. But do keep an eye out because half the time I say I’m not going to do something, I will and vice versa. Damn Libras never able to make up their minds, lol.

 

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