Hello again everyone, I keep saying that I’ve been working in the library for months. Let’s spend a day with me at the library today. I promise you won’t get bored. Because this is a very different library from other libraries! Honey, it’s too cold While doing my master’s degree in Canada, I also work as a stacks assistant at the library. We are like 20-30 students in total. In fact, our student visa allow us to work unlimited hours on campus. But due to library’s policy, we work 20 hours weekly i.e. part-time during schooltime. We earn $1000 per month on average as we work at minimum wage. In summer, we work full-time i.e. maximum 35 hours per week. So we earn around $2000. Now, let’s walk around the library and I’ll explain my responsibilities. Our first stop is Library Help Desk because most of the work we do is actually done here. Check-in and check-out books, pay fines, answer phones and all other questions… In short, we can actually say this desk is the heart of the library. Besides all our routine work, I want to tell you about two services that I like very much here. First one is ILL. If the book you are looking for does not exist in this library, but it exists in any other library in Ontario province, we provide you free shipping service. You request the book and when it arrives, you come and take the delivery from here. I think it’s awesome! The second is the complaint e-mail box. When patrons encounter a problem anywhere in the library, they send us anonymous e-mails and we communicate with each other via radios so that the person on that floor is informed and intervenes instantly. This is a very effective service that I wish libraries in Turkey would have that as well. Next stop is Reserves desk. Here I spend at least 1-2 hours a day. And you will be amazed with the services provided here too. Just like borrowing books, you can actually check-out PlayStation games, textbooks, board games, emerging technology products such as Go Pro and an infinite numbers of movies usually for two weeks. Another service that we provide in Reserves desk is to loan textbooks without any charge in favor of equal educational opportunities. It works like this. Usually professors leave their own copies and students borrow these books usually for 2, 4, 24 hours. The beauty here, If a student holds the book for more than 2 hours, he/she is getting fines because the aim is for everyone to benefit equally. Students can check-out board games as well. There are really all the box games you can think of. If it does not exist on the list, they can make a request. There is a large collection of comic books. I just want to lose myself here. Look, I feel like I haven’t underlined this part enough! When I said PlayStation games, I meant all the games you can imagine! Play Station 3, 4, Xbox, Wii I mean all of them! Every time I come to this section, I go crazy. I still can’t believe they provided such a service. One of the library’s favorite features is that not all the floors are silent. Only designated floors are quiet. Now we’re going to one of those floors, the 5th floor. This is the best place to enjoy the landscape. It is spectacular to watch the snow fall during the winter here. Generally speaking, we are usually responsible for patrolling on quiet floors. Sometimes I sit at that table over there and glare at people. For example I warn them when they talk. Sometimes I walk around in the floors to check does anybody eat scented food? Does anyone speak too loud? and I warn them. Something is quite funny with patrolling. When I’m walking around, if students are playing games or if they are spending time other than studies, they stop all of their extracurricular activities and go back to their studies. I love to see their faces when this happens. Helped eliminate waste from disposable plastic bottles Now let’s take a look at a not silent floor. Unlike libraries in Turkey, Canadian libraries were designed as more areas of social life. Thus, they are so active, engaged and intertwined with the public and students. This floor is designed exactly for this purpose. I call it ‘trap floor’. I mean, their mentality is that let’s provide so many good and interesting services so that the students get used to come to the library. It’s like a trap. There are TV booths, There is a treadmill with an amazing view etc. but the biggest bomb of this floor is a Gaming Room! In this gaming room, all of the game consoles and such VR glasses are available. You can borrow games you just saw and come here to spend fun time with your friends. But the thing that I don’t understand is this gaming room is usually empty. If we would have such a gaming room in Turkey, that room would be full all the time and most probably there would be fights about who is going to book it first, for how long etc. I mean this room is usually not in use. I just don’t understand why. Maybe everybody is rich enough to afford those game consoles. They already have it in their home. I can’t think of any other explanation unfortunately. Of course our job is not always about light duties, games and chatting. Now I’m going to take you to the proletarian works that we do. Come on. * If there’s something strange in your neighborhood * * Who you gonna call? * * Ghostbusters! * Let’s come to the proletarian work we do. Since we are responsible for the overall layout and cleanliness of this place, it is our responsibility to dust the books and shelves. That’s why you can often see us on the floors with this portable vacuum machine. My responsibilities, of course, include placing books back on their shelves according to a special classification system called Library of Congress. My favorite part while doing this is to find notes, love letters or something frequently. I guess that’s the most romantic part of my job. Speaking of love letters, as we are ready for some romance, I brought you to the archives as well. Since this is not a frequently used area, they implemented semi-automatic compact shelving systems to save some space. I think this is a perfect place to play hide-and-seek or shoot a horror movie. I want to show you as well as I like it too much. Unfortunately, we have come to the end of our library tour. If you like our video, please state that in comments so that we can have a mutual chat. Otherwise, I feel like I’m talking to myself all the time. Thanks for watching.