NOT YOUR TYPICAL LIBRARIAN.

Thought I’d share my major assignment for my JRNL102 class on this blog. It’s originally posted on http://www.ataguejrnl101.wordpress.com where I usually post majority of my university assignments in order to separate them from anything posted on here. BUT, I had a lot of fun doing this one and the following is exactly what you would see on the other site:

When you think of a typical librarian, whether it’s at your local town library or the selective one in your high school, she is usually older, grumpy and sporting a knitted sweater and glasses. Her understanding of technology is limited and her priorities seem archaic. This, however, is not the case for the librarian at my old high school. Danielle Ornelas is a mere 31 years of age, but seems even younger and refreshed to most of her students.

After chatting with her about the decision crippling road that was her previous career path, Danielle told me how she came to realise that being a librarian suited her passions the best. At first, studying to be a teacher, but then realising through her practices that it wasn’t really for her, “I just found that disciplining was something that really worked against the grain of who I was… I couldn’t find how to do it in a pleasant way”.

Luckily for Danielle, she was able to pursue her passion of reading and literature in a way that she can still pass it onto children; through being a teacher librarian at a local high school.

Chatting to two of the current senior students, they didn’t have a negative word to say about Miss Ornales. Most students might have taken the opportunity to express their true feelings about an authority figure, but these girls said that “everybody respects her” and “everyone follows the rules”.

Danielle works hard to try and maintain somewhat of an interest in young adult fiction, or at least remain an advocate for that type of genre. She is aware of the ways that she pushes the boundaries on the different types of literature that she allows in her library, but there are many other local school librarians that Danielle has used as a guide for what she considers acceptable for students.

Despite some of the shock that people express when she informs them of her career, Danielle’s passion hasn’t waned. While she keeps all future prospects open, this isn’t just something that she does to get by; it’s how she enjoys her way of life. For Danielle, it’s priceless to pass on her love for something and listening to kids gush about books and reading in the very same ways that she would.

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Music by Grace Potter
Interviwees: Danielle Ornelas, Imogen Bakewell, Vanessa Sporne
Interviewer: Annika Tague

IT’S NOW EMBEDDED WITHIN US

Looking back over the past few weeks, my investigation within the media as a whole has broadened my understanding of many new concepts and ideologies I had never thought about before. The things people blame the media for, the connotations received from images in the media, how ownership of the media effects our opinions, and the ideology of a mediated public sphere and how this allows us to voice our opinions and exchange ideas, have all been investigated by myself as a blogger.

My opinion on “social media” has not so much changed, but is now much more informed. Every form of social media has a list of pros and cons and it merely takes the researching of case studies to see how the usage of these can easily be abused. The fear of a “moral panic” outbreak as a result of this abuse of power within the mediated public sphere is what brings people to hold such negative connotations with the ideology behind social media. It has clearly, over time, become a large generational aspect that will continue to grow in disparity. Parents constantly condemn their children for using their phone too much, or spending too much time and energy on Facebook. For them, they see the negative aspects that are blown out of proportion (sometimes) on the news. For us as users, we are able to have constant contact with our friends, no matter where they are in the world. If we see something funny that we know a fellow friend will also enjoy a chuckle over—we share that image or clip with them. The “moral panic” of today, is that social media is separating us from the joys that are real and true in our actual lives. But what do we say to this, when social media has become something so heavily prevalent in our lives, that we’re not necessarily avoiding the beauty of life or it’s real issues, we’re just partaking in a whole other aspect of it?

That’s the main question I’ve learned to ask myself over these past few weeks of blogging. A lot of people these days put so much energy into hating the media, but social media has allowed us a whole new entry into the public sphere and I don’t think we should overlook it’s many positive aspects. Embrace the beauty of communication.