Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sometimes (interruption)

Mostly
interruption 
I know that
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my work as a
interruption
teacher librarian
interruption
is rarely uninterrupted
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or has long periods of time
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when I can predict
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what might happen
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or even direct, as you might
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be able to do
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in a single classroom
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with a single
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class.
But sometimes
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when it seems
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as though you barely
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get focused
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on one thing that
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needs to be
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done before
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you're
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asked for help
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needed to fix
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a computer problem
interruption
lending
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a book
interruption
fixing
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a photocopier
interruption
finding a
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website link
interruption
fixing
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a beady eye
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answering
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the phone
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chasing
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a missing order
interruption
finding a lost
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book
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locating
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a particular item
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helping a
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colleague find a
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plan B research approach
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organising
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work
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writing merit
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certificates for good
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students
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checking the
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senior study
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lending b-
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-ooks
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recommending good
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reading
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advising a senior student
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on a misadventure submission
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putting out more
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fiction for the next
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class coming in
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repairing a broken
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chair
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cleaning off a
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graffiti tag
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finding the holiday
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borrowing display items
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printing
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for students
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lending out our fairylights [true]
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to an art student
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wondering
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if
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I
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will
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get
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enough
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time
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today
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to
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focus
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on
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anything
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at
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all
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or
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if
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this
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is
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just
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the
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way
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it's
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going
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to
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be
interruption
today.

And I know they're work too, all those things, and needed, and important too, to the people needing that help.  But sheesh and begorrah, sometimes I'd like to get enough time to focus on one thing, just one, for more than a couple of minutes....  Most days I manage it all perfectly well, but some days it frays you 'round the edges, just a tad...

The happy (interrupted) life of teacher librarians.

Cheers

Ruth

PS. And inevitably when you do find five consecutive minutes, you have no sooner lifted that Diet Coke/coffee to your mouth than a colleague comes in, remarks on the peace and quiet and says that they'd like to have a bit of time in their day...  and then there's nothing to do but cheerfully agree (as the alternative is probably braining them, which would have health consequences for them and legal and employment-related consequences for you).

5 comments:

Shane Symonds said...

I
know
exactly
how
this
feels!

That
is
my
day
to
a
tee!

Great post, Ruth. I will share it with a few people...

Regards, Shane

Anni said...

Brilliant. Thank you. And you are right. Sheesh and begorrah, they are work, and needed, but...

Holly Frilot said...

Indeed! So very true! Well-done.

scrupo said...

I know what you mean! Especially in the rare downtimes when someone comes and says 'It's so nice and quiet in here! Maybe I should become a Librarian'. Grr!

Laureen said...

My personal favourites are:
As you are looking through a old newspaper for that article you told someone about, a colleague will come in & say "Gee it must be nice to have time to read the newspaper!"
Also you know that within a few minutes of someone coming into the library and commenting on how "nice & quiet it is", that all hell will break loose.