It’s been two days since Ramdition and I’m still tired. Is it from helping corral 950 freshman throughout the library over the span of 7 hours? Or perhaps it is from the expectation of the new school year starting and the lack of sleep that inevitable comes with it. Ramdition felt like the official mark to the end of a somewhat quiet summer.
At the end of the day, I can’t say how much the students learned about our collections, or how much they will retain going into the first week of classes about our website, reserving rooms, or the other services we offer. There’s only so much you can do with 50 minutes. But I can say they learned that we have a passionate staff who is here to serve them and at the end of the day that’s about the best you can ask for. Because at the end of the day, we are people serving people.
What Ramdition reaffirmed to me was a) how much I’ve learned in my first semester here and b) how proud I am to be a part of the O’Kelly team because from what I saw there was not an idle person all day. Because each and every one of us, if we weren’t filling an assigned role, was helping students or stepping into vacancies where needed.
I will say throughout the day I think the most memorable question I received was “can I turn in a paper from high school?” and if it was asked to throw me off… well bravo to that student. I think I stumbled through a good enough answer, but I admit I did still think about it later that night. So next time if I get asked that question I have my answer polished and ready to go. “Can I turn in a paper from high school?” “No! You are here to learn and explore new ideas not rehash older ones!” Although, I might say it in a calmer manner.
Ramdition also marks the beginning of an exciting fall semester on the horizon. The traffic throughout the library is noticeably increasing, more questions are coming, and everyone is prepping for what lies ahead doing what we do best to serve our students and community.
Author: Breanne Crumpton