And you were all worried! Congratulations!
Wow! That's wonderful! Congratulations!
A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit a patient there. It was a pretty bizarre experience in that I'd never been to a place like that before and didn't really know what to expect, but my overwhelming impression is that it's very quiet, which I suppose is good for a librarian. :)
We knew you could do it!
yipee! yipee! yipee!!!!
Way to go! Have fun with it :)
(Caution: Advice mode ON)
My advice when starting at such a place: learn the procedures, know your backup (i.e. who do you call when something goes wrong), and talk to your supervisors about boundaries of behavior (yours, theirs, and patients'), so you know more about what you're getting into. I get the feeling you would do this anyway, but reminders are sometimes good.
Beyond that, in my opinion, treat your library users as you would treat them anywhere else. :-) (Advice mode OFF) Those lucky users, having you as their librarian. :-)
By the way: this advice comes from conversations with a friend who worked as a prison librarian (different, but similar, situation), and visiting the Clark County Health Care Center for various reasons over time, and having a friend who is working on a Psychiatry degree and talks about patients (in appropriate-for-LJ ways) fairly frequently. I have no personal experience of working at such a library.
2006-11-21 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Woo hoo!
Thank you for the congratulations, and esp. for the advice. I have a list of questions for my supervisor, for when I call to accept the job tomorrow morning. And I've been assured that they have a comprehensive orientation/education program for new employees, with various modules depending on what the person's role will be. But I did ask some basic security questions during the interview (just to set my mom's mind at ease!).
I absolutely agree that treating library users as I would treat them anywhere else is the right goal. What I need to do is become familiar with their needs so I can help fulfill them, and become familiar with both the limitations placed on what I can do to help them, and the opportunities to reach out and provide services to those whose restrictions keep them from coming to, or spending much time in, the library. And most of that will have to wait until I am actually there!
You reminded me that I have a family friend (actually the person who got me acquainted with the WI Reference & Loan Library when I was in grad school) who worked in a prison library for many years. I should contact her to get her perspective. You're right that that's a similar situation, esp. since many people are at Mendota due to violent behavioral problems and trouble with the law (the "not guilty by reason of insanity" folks).
So much to think about!!!
(insert animated .GIF of Lucia doing cartwheels of joy)
It sounds like a big challenge, but I'm sure you're up for it. It's always good to have a familiar face (like the statewide lead) there to help get your feet on the ground.
2006-11-21 09:49 pm (UTC)
::: doess patented happy fat chick waddle dance of joy around the home office :::
You go girl!
Congrats. Mendota has a beautiful campus. I was there for trainigna few years back.
I agree with what peregrinning said. If you can see if you can get into the "Security for Non-Security Staff" the DOC runs. I don't think you should have any trouble getting into the class, since the DOC does send inmates to both Mendota and WRC.
Ooo--sounds like a good idea! I'll ask my supervisor if I could take that one. Thanks!
It's a good class. From what I recall it was a four day class. It will really open your eyes.
I am going to be a Patient Librarian at a mental health institution.
Sometimes it's far too easy.
I plan to be patient, yes...but I'm pretty sure that helps with just about any job!
Ooops... I read this the first time as "I plan to be a patient, yes..."
Had to go back and re-read that again.
Hope to see you at Boar's Head (only bad weather or illness will keep up from going!)
2006-11-22 02:11 am (UTC)
Happy Job Goodness
See you in a few weeks (Boar's Head?)! :)
Boar's Head: You betcha! Can't wait to give you a hug.
That's *wonderful* news.
I echo what other people have said regarding the security thing. Due to a family member who has some severe mental illness issues, I've been in my share of mental health wards at local hospitals. The folks who work directly with patients likely already have multiple security measures in place (they are pros at this) and can let you know about them. :)
2006-11-22 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that your job search is over.
Now if we could just find a job for Carlos....