Angela Autrey

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Non-Collegiate Essay

TechnicalAspects of a Library World

Introductionand Overview of the Learning Experience

Region 8Educational Service in Pittsburg, Texas offers numerous technicaltraining opportunities related to my field of work as a librarianaide for Bloomburg Independent School. The training opportunities inbook repair were sponsored by Kent Adhesive Products Company, KAPCO.Kary Barth, the reginal manager for KAPCO was our instructor. Thisparticular training showed the importance of reparation, protectionand prevention of book damage and all the necessary techniques to doso.

I participated intechnical trainings when I attended the Lake Country LibrariansConference. This seminar was divided into four mini sessions. Twosessions involved authors, Debbie Leland, sharing her technique forcreative writing, and Annette Bridges sharing her ideas for writingnon-fiction stories. Listening to these authors gave me a whole newunderstanding of the world of books and the words in the books.Ideas, creation, process, pen, paper — all are contributions toone’s story and can be to mine and the students that I have in thestudy hall that I teach. I have since helped students with most oftheir English papers. I have expressed to the students the importancesentence structure and word choice.

Inother sessions of the Lake Country Library Conference I put myfingers to the work of TEXQUEST research and Destiny 13.0. Text Questis a program that is language independent that supports qualitativeand quantitative analyses of text, list of phrases and occurrences ofwords and it is used in sorting all these in ascending order by useof alphabets(Wedgeworth, 11). I learnt of how to use the text questin qualitative analysis which would be helpful as I assist thestudents to examine the context of a search patterns and how it’sdisplayed in a single line.The purpose of TEXQEST was to integrateresearch- based resources into school curriculum. This training waspresented by Len Bryan. Destiny 13.0 was an explanation and overviewof key elements of the “new” and the “old” of what Destinylibrary software has to offer. The software continually tries tocater for the changing needs of the schools. It assists in managingall learning resources and facilities in a school from a singlesystem.This training was led by Debby Reiling.

Reflective Observation on Content

When I began myjob four years ago as the librarian aide for the school, I had noknowledge of library book repair, library software, one could prettymuch say I desperately needed these technical trainings to benefitnot only myself, but the well-being of the school’s library. TheKAPCO training was excellent in informing me in a hands-on approachto the proper way to repair books and prevent the damage to thosebooks in the future. I value the knowledge of what products to useand how to use them.The KAPCO training also helped me to acquireinformation on how to take care of books in the library. Thisinformation was very useful since it was now possible to apply itwhen arranging books in the shelves by using the book cleaner orClorox wipes to clean the soiled book covers easily.

I came back fromthe training and found many of the products presented I had in mycabinets. I could start the process when I returned before needing toorder any products. I was a book repairing doctor, and I madefrequent visits to my book hospital.

In the sessions Iattended during the Lake Country Conference I was introduced toauthors who put their heart and soul into their stories. Theseauthors brought to life the person behind the words of the books.These two trainings involving Debbie Leland and Annette Bridgespassed along the importance of writing your own story and theimportance of what words you choose in those stories can make thosestories come alive. I have read the books I purchased to my studentsover and over for their enjoyment. Many students request these booksover and over.

TEXQEST wasbeneficial as it enlightened me on how to train students, teachersand even administrations on how to access the resources for research.I would have not been comfortable in giving the access to resources Iwas not familiar with, but now that I have attended the TEXQESTtraining I can explain and guide others in their research process. Inthe training with Destiny 13.0 my day in/day out routine wasestablished. I realized it is like having my own little assistant inthe library world. Managing a library with a collection of 10,776books for Bloomburg’s school can be compelling and overwhelming atthe same time. I credit the training I received from Destiny ingiving me the skills and patience necessary for managing the library.

Application and Residual Outcomes

As the librarianaide I had no knowledge of any sort of book repair. Kary Barthdescribed each product in her training.All the products from KAPCOare made of custom flexible, pressure, sensitive materials. Karystarted training with an upbeat atmosphere for hands-on techniques.Before I registered for the workshop I was instructed to bring booksfrom my library that needed repair, protection or prevention ofdamage. I brought several, enough even for others in the training topractice on. These books I brought have seen their last page, so tospeak. Kary showed us how to protect books by using the product EasyCover, whichprovides a rigid cover with a flexible spine to preventdamage to a paperback book. Other products included a self-adhesivecover. Two sheets of this material can protect one book. I discoveredmy favorite product, Poly cover while Kary demonstrated how toprotect paperback books and hardback books without needing to usevarious products by KAPCO such as wings, corners, and spine tape. The books that I brought used these products. I learned how to wrap ajacket around a book, yes an Easy Jacket, this is for protection andI thought it was neat how jackets protect us from the elements ofweather, the Easy Jacket does the same thing. I learned the purposeof easy binding, label protectors, and Kapbond in the repairing ofbooks. As a result of this training I have been able to repair,protect and prevent books as I see that they need it in the library’sinventory. The hands-on training took place when scissors were inhand, yes scissors. I applied glue to a much-read book on the insidespine in order to save its binding.I learned that a paint brushallows for a smoother application of the Kapbond glue.Since thistraining I have made a book hospital for the seriously injured books,and my students think this is pretty neat. When time allows, I visitit and take my time to gently repair the books. Protection is key innot having to repair. As books are ordered I establish a routine topreserve those books in their pristine condition. The routineinvolves reinforcement of pages, spines and covers in order to sendthe books out to the world of hands and reading. My paperback booksare given a hard cover on the front and the back, barcodes are nicelycovered and spine labels are put into place. New, hard cover bookscome with book jackets, this makes for an easier process. I havefound that practice is a key in prevention. Each book deserves a goodshelf life.

The traininghelped me learn how to maintain a good, neat and desirablearrangement of books in the shelves. This helps to the students toeasily browse the shelves in a logical manner as they are searchingfor the materials they intend to use for research. I learnt how toarrange the books according to the subject or the content. Booksabout the similar subject are arranged together. I also learnt how toarrange them using a set of capital letters and numbers. Each letteris used to indicate a major area of acquiring knowledge. I learnt togive different books a shelf mark that indicates where it is placedin the shelf. Arranging books upright, group by size and alsoseparate paperbacks and hardcovers was also part of the informationthat I learnt at the training.

The TEXQESTtraining was how to promote Gale, Britannica, and Adam Matthew. I amable to illustrate to students how to get access to these awesomeresources. In TEXQEST training I received a firsthand experience intothe world of discovery. After I came back from the training I appliedmy learning by presenting staff members and students with a flyer Imade of all the resources available through TEXQEST. Also in thistraining, I was able to know the best videos to get information from.This would also be very important and useful when guiding students onthe best and reliable videos for accurate and efficient sources touse when doing research in the electronic resources in the library.

These digitalresources open up many learning tools, information, and processes. Ivalue the ability and knowledge to retrieve this valuableinformation. I know the teachers and students request the sites ifthe flyer is unavailable to them. I have uploaded all of thesewebsites available through TEXQEST on all the computers in thelibrary. So when a student logs in all the research is available atthe click of their mouse.

In Destiny 13.0 Iwas able to gain more insight into the what, how and where of FollettDestiny library software. I am now able to integrate data, share dataof the inventory and reporting. I learned that Destiny offers a onetouch online library catalog as well as free and paid subscriptionsto data bases all on one interface. Destiny is a new librarymanagement system for me. I have learned many new techniquesat thetouch of mouse. In destiny 13.0 I learnt how to deploy resources tothe students via class schedules this will help me assist thestudents in the library to deploy digital resources through the textbooks.


In attendingKAPCO, TEXQEST, Destiny 13.0 and more importantly listening toauthors who make up the basis of the library, books pave afundamental path in my journey in the library. I value what I learnedand utilize it on a daily basis for the whole well-being of thelibrary process. I plan on attended more trainings each year providedby Region 8 Educational Center. I enjoy working in the library inBloomburg and hope I am contributing as much to the school as it hascontributed in my learning of the library world.


Wedgeworth, Robert. Worldencyclopedia of library and information services. Chicago:American Library Association, 1993. Print. Page 11

Angela Autrey



Non-Collegiate Essay

Assistingthe Educational World

Itis important to offer assistance to all students in all aspects of aneducational experience. Due to state requirements for holding aposition as a paraprofessional I had to attend training in Pittsburg,Texas at the grand place of Region 8 Educational Center. Thistraining was sponsored by Region 8. Due to the wide coverage ofsyllabuses, state mandated testing and the different learning styles,there is a need to provide assistance for students, teachers andadministrators in the school setting.

Inthe training I was already familiar with many aspects of the duties,rules, and regulations noted throughout the day. I became morefamiliar with the diversity in the job itself. But in that diversityI found a comfort in knowing some of what is expected in the title.More importantly I became more knowledgeable of the law behind theassistance, No Child Left Behind/ Elementary and Secondary EducationAct. The purpose of this law is to ensure that all children have afair, equal, and significant opportunity to high- quality education.That is where the role of a paraprofessional can take its greatestmeaning when assisting in the process.

ReflectiveObservation on Content

Theparaprofessional training molded what I do day-in and day-outimplementing all the aspects of what it means to be the bestassistant. When I was hired, the district required paraprofessionalsto seek training. I had recently left a paraprofessional position atanother school district where they only required you to take a testprovided by the campus. I worked in the kindergarten for a year andbefore that job I worked as an assistant for two years for aChristian Day School that later lead me to becoming the lead teacherfor three years. In this school they did not require any training.But in that atmosphere I became the most familiar with the duties ofthe paraprofessional title and finding my love to teach learning tostudents of all ages. Noting all that, it leads me where I am todayin my position as the Bloomburg Library Paraprofessional.

Thetraining I attended covered the basics for what is required and whatis not required as an assistant for a classroom. In the training thebasis was gaining the understanding of your role and how it cancontribute to the educational process. And, again noting theimportance of The No Child Left Behind Act molding that field.

In gaining an understanding of myrole in the educational process as a paraprofessional. I found thekey to being good at my job would first start with my communicationskills. You should be able to have efficient communication skills.You need to be able to communicate with more than just students, buthave the ability to really communicate with teachers on all levels.In my case as a paraprofessional I communicate with administrators,teachers, students and most importantly parents. The basis for myrole in assistance depends on my communication abilities.

Iwas glad the training discussed the idea that you will be assistingstudents on all levels of educational and physical abilities. I amvery fortunate to have that background training when I share myafternoons in the library with a very, special, young man who hasDowns syndrome. He has taught me more about my job in assistance, notbecause I assist him in learning how to straighten books, clean booksand sometimes venturing into the checking books in process. He hasshed a light on patience becoming the larger part of my duties as aparaprofessional.

Applicationand Residual Outcomes

Theevaluation from the training was in a form of a test. The testconsisted of reading passages with corresponding questions about thepassage then choosing the right answer. In another portion of test apassage needed grammar errors corrected. The math portion of the testwas several basic math problems, simple graphs and intermediatealgebra. The training was more informative than technical, but thereare technical aspects of the title.

Inassisting a classroom I make it where the teacher can teach and thelearners can learn. Keeping in mind that students grasp learningdifferently than other students. I am there to reinforce what theteacher is illustrating. Many times I am one on one with students andother times I am in a group setting with students to help in thatreinforcement.

Inmy position as a librarian assistant I reinforce to the students theimportance of how to choose a book, taking care of the books theycheck out and returning those books in a timely manner so they canget other books to read. I prepare the library daily for all aspectsof the learning process. In doing so I gather materials for futurelessons, or activities, host special events, meetings, receptions,and all other events that might take place in the school. I prepareaudio- visual equipment and maintain over eleven computers forstudent and staff utilization and any other preparation that willsave teacher time and keeps things running more smoothly throughoutthe school day.

My position as the libraryparaprofessional has many clerical duties as well. While working inthe library there is filing, typing, printing and record keeping. Itis important to always know the number of books checked in andchecked out on a daily basis. Having these files helps in the overallprocess of shelving and misplacement of lost books. Numbers aresometimes more important than letters in the library world.

Oneof the most important aspects of being a paraprofessional is coveringfor teachers in the library. During the typical school day I providecoverage for four to five teachers in the library. I am a facilitatorof sorts, and wear many hats in the field of assistance. I grow moreand more in my love of learning and providing the assistance in thatlearning. The role of preparer, clerical, supervisor, facilitatorimplies that a paraprofessional can adapt to whatever is needed atany given time. In that assistance there is a togetherness thatbuilds success, not only with the student’s learning but the schoolitself. As for my role as paraprofessional I have gained theunderstanding into a field of helpfulness. It is my pleasure toassist any aspect of a child’s learning and in doing that you haveto build a relationship with teachers, administrators and parents forthe success of the student and the school.

Beinga paraprofessional is not an easy task. Handling the big number oftasks I have to perform combined with the large number or people Iinteract with in the course of my duties is physically and mentallyexhausting. On a typical day, by the time I get home after I amusually too exhausted to do much. The most I can do is fix a meal,watch a movie and call it a day. One of the most involving tasks Ihave to do is keep the library orderly for all users. This task meansthat now and then I have to rearrange the books whenever studentsleave them scattered all over after using them.

Apartfrom keeping the books in order and monitoring their check out andcheck in, my other duties as a paraprofessional are not any easier.For instance, maintaining the eleven computers under my care is notan easy task. Whenever any of them has any technical faults, it isupon me to get them working again. In cases where I cannot fix themmyself, it is my obligation to report it to the school technician forfurther action. When I am assisting teachers in the classroom, I haveto equip myself with what they are teaching to help them efficiently.

Despite the challenges Iencounter now and then, I dearly love my paraprofessional job.Through my job, I make a significant contribution to the educationlives of the students and teachers who receive my services. Helpingchildren become better individuals through assisting them in theireducation is very fulfilling for me. My heart warms whenever I help astudent to find the correct book or help a teacher teach a newconcept in class. I know that the future of the world lies in thechildren we educate today and education is the key to that future.Being at the epitome of it all makes me love my job as aparaprofessional even more. To me, every working day is anopportunity to make a child’s education life better, and I do thiswith diligence and dedication.