We're preparing for a debate, miss, and we'd like your help.
Sure. What's your topic?
All we know are four general topics, and the one I am prepping for is politics.
Excuse me, miss, before you start...
(she produces an iPhone) Do you mind if I record you? That means I'll have all of it and we can check back on it later. If you don't mind?
No, um, OK.
Interesting how self-conscious I feel launching into my spiel - terminology, definitions, general sources, specific sources. Every now and then that sense of self-consciousness recurs. Speech is a different beastie to the written word. More sprawling, this kind of conversation certainly doesn't involve, as a formal speech might, neat tidy sentences. So she goes back to her table with a satisfactory bundle of sources and ideas, leaving me reflecting on a new experience. I'm not used to being recorded as I toddle about my daily work. More than that, I'm interested in how this is her choice of method for 'making notes', like the kids who'd rather see how to do something on YouTube than read about how to do it.
The happy life of teacher librarians: recorded. Well, today, and likely not for the last time.