How Do You Behave in a Library

The other day while I was presenting my paper online, I had to use my University library media department to present my paper. I could do it at home, but when I tried it at home, my computer  got a virus, and I had to do it at the university which is not too far where I lived at.

The day I had to present my paper online, two students may be, there were,  boyfriend and girlfriend, no they weren’t making out in the media room, if they were I would join them, but they were a  watching a video online, if it was porn, I would join in. But never mind that, actually they were watching some comedian telling jokes, the comedian should tell the couple who was watching them in the media room to get off from the computer and watch it privately in their dorm room – it was a distraction. But this couple insist of watching in the library media room – just because the library has high speed broad band internet, it’s lighting speed internet, and it’s fast. I couldn’t tell them to shut up, but I said it in a politely way and keep it professional of how to handle students in a good way. I said, “Can you please lower voices or watch it somewhere else? Thank you” Politeness goes a long way and be respected by the students – even though I was an outsider from the university, and I needed a webcam for my presentation and the university in my town had a few of them.

What do they do at certain hours in the library, homework and research are a good way to do? But when I took a break from presenting my paper on librarianship, most of the students I saw were watching videos on YouTube. I understand students get bored when doing homework or research, but what kind of break was that? Get up and exercise your legs. Stretch your legs to avoid the cramps, if you are sitting too long. Your back may crack, and your hip may give out one of these days, and you are still young. You may be the healthiest athlete in the world everyone needs a break doing work on the computer.

Do not bring food or sneak food in the library, librarians would not like to see crumbs or see a rat humping the mouse near the keyboard. They have cameras all over the library – they need to protect the library from potential book thieves and catching students doing inappropriate things. They are few, but I will explain it in another article maybe soon. Eat before you come to the library.

Just do your homework or research in the library, and once you have finished. You can go back to your laptop and watch your video you always  wanted to watch at home or in your dorm.

How to be stay safe on campus

College freshmen are ready to go to their university to get educated and further their career, sometime it can stop abruptly because of campus crime.

Students think since they got a dorm room and wanted to be independent, and they live only 15 miles away from home. It would be cheaper to stay at home.Independence is good, but a home cook meal every night would be good and their comfort and safety in their room.

The crime rate on campus is always undetected in their local newspaper, but it is told through Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

Being safe on campus is a no brainer, we do have to be very observant in our surrounding area, and if we have a conservation with a classmate and that classmate wanted the student to come and join a sorority, just be careful and look for clues and ask a lot of questions. Look through history at the library to see if it matches.

Remember those days when a teacher would play does those observation games in the class room, one person would randomly leave the room, and the class has to remember what they were wearing.  We do have to remember what people say and what they are wearing. It would help the officers to find the perpetrator and stop them before anything else could happen.

We have to stay on alert on campus; sometime professor would pull a stunt or prank on their students to make them more aware of their surrounding. It may be stupid, but it makes the student to think.

When we go to sleep in the dorm, sometime students may hear someone moaning in the hallways, it could be the professor who is the pulling the prank, but he’s no-where in the dorm. It could have been the wind, but the wind is not blowing that hard to make the noise, then it get’s louder and louder. What could it be? The building and the room is over 50 years old, and no one told the students on campus what happened their many years ago.  Someone died in that room, and it used to be a campus hospital, but it is nicely decorated to look like a dorm room. We don’t know. The students wanted an education, and they don’t pay attention to details. It’s not the dog that ate your homework; it’s the ghost which did your homework – more like a ghost writer. We do have some haunted university out there, and we don’t know about it. Get to know your university first.

Students and their hormones would go crazy. It’s it’s like high school all over again. We see someone attractive, and the student wanted to get to know one of another. However, how well do these students know each other. We can do background check on the internet, sometimes it can help, not very thing is on Facebook and Myspace. Students can have an alias name, and we don’t know about it.  Students may experience new things like they would never do at home but wanted to experience same sex with one another. Is that why they wanted their independence? Alcohol and drugs happen to every campus.

We have to be armed and protect ourselves  from any kind of danger take a self-defense  course. If your residence directory would not allow the students to have any weapons in your room, just get it anyway and keep it quiet. Pepper spray, Tasers and a water gun, it can be useful.

There was one girl who was followed by a stranger, she aimed the gun at the victim and sprayed the victim with pepper spray in her water gun. Smart moved.