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Dead week

Originally posted by clementine123 at Dead week
We are getting a lot of students in who are just now starting their term papers that are due either in a few hours or a day or two.  This happens each semester and I had done it myself a time or two when I was young.  What is annoying me (but just only slightly) is that a few of them are just flat out astonished that the books they want are already checked out by other students.

JMO, if you wait this long to get started, the fact that most everyone else has already been in and got the 'good' books on the 'easy' subjects from the assigned lists that a few of the professors have given out should not come as a surprise.  Most students are quite nice about it and can turn quickly to other books and other subjects but the ones who cannot fathom going about it in another way are difficult to deal with.

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aisling178
May. 2nd, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
Ha. I always figure they have to learn this lesson sometime, so I'll try to help them find other stuff, but I won't break my back doing it. An emergency on their part does not constitute an emergency on mine.
silveradept
May. 3rd, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
There's always the slacker corps. Who I can help with electronic resources, but those looking for books are almost always SOL. Wish that would entice them to take the hint.
baj9
May. 3rd, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Our middle schoolers do this every time! The teachers even TELL them to go to the library immediately... But still it's friday afternoon and gee, all the books are gone! LOL

baj
argh_101
May. 3rd, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
I just realized that with my library switching to a lot of pay-per-view ebooks, these slackers will no longer have to learn this lesson! I find this incredibly troubling.
unstricken
May. 3rd, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
ah, very familiar scenario. i see wonderful students who get in touch with me very early in the semester for their research papers, and then the students who show up at the last minute and direct their anger (which should be at themselves) against the library, the librarians, the other students who have the books, etc.

As argh_101 points out, the advent of e-books might make this happen less often. I guess that would be okay with me...I pick up on others' stress too easily.
beadylady
May. 4th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
I sort of feel sorry for them...not.

They knew the papers were due. It's like people who wait till Dec. 24 to buy Christmas gifts. People, Christmas is Dec. 25...every year.

;)
vinny1
May. 4th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
I remember working at a university library when an undergraduate came to me asking for help with his paper. I asked for the specific topic and showed him the appropriate datase. I asked him for more specifics and he said it didn't matter as long as he listed 5 articles in his bibliography. I told him then my help didn't matter and walked off to do something else.
whackypatrons
May. 5th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
I learned this lesson in grade school. I have no sympathy for fully grown adults who whine about it.
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