So I found myself in front of a lecture theatre full of new students yesterday. I had no pointy clicky thing. I didn’t really know how the lectern insanity worked. I had two colleagues with me, but I’d been in the job the longest (not quite 5 months now). And it was 30 minutes before I was due to start telling 200 new students how to navigate our resources.
So I went to YouTube.
I played Library Girl. Then I entertained them with Librarians do Gaga, even though it’s embarassing. I figured I could blend in social media with connectivity and the need for collaboration in your university life, so I introduced Old Spice Guy giving a shout out to librarians. I did my usual joke. “I am pretty! I love peanut butter!” Thankfully, they laughed.
They laughed, they cried, they threw roses.
Well, not quite, but they paid attention. And engaged. And clapped at the end of my 1.5 hour presentation when I tried really hard to avoid any use of the word “Boolean” *shudder*