Observation Task –
Entry to senior library, covered area and the space immediately inside the doors.
- students gather at the step to sit on the concrete and play Yu-gio.
- some boys sit on the raised platform.
- bags left outside, some carefully placed and others dropped in haste to enter the library.
- boys collect in pairs outside the doors, standing or squatting, to check mobile phones or tablets.
- 1/3 of the boys wipe their feet on the way into the library.
- The boys playing Yu-gio selected the area for some level of protection from the weather and because they are not allowed to play in the library.
- the space has a lovely light and open feel as the roof is two stories high up, but noisy and exposed.
- boys have expressed a desire for tables or benches and bag racks.
- The doorway with the security gates is quite narrow and boys can only enter or leave in single file.
- Most boys keep left, but failing to causes issues/traffic jams.
- some boys who rush in or out, move more quickly than the automatic doors, resulting in them either running into the doors or having to stop suddenly to wait for them.
- comments that gates/doors are too narrow when multiple boys access; and the doors open too slowly sometimes.
- The circulation was not staffed for the first 10 minutes. Boys glanced in the direction of the desk and then away or ignored it completely.
- When it was staffed or a staff member was on the floor, most boys made eye contact and greeted the adult/s.
- The library officer most often faced away from the door, facing the computer or assisting students.
- Some boys browsed or slowed at the displays, before moving through. Others ignored the displays completely.
- The returns box was obscured by a small stand displaying student art. Those boys who had to return books could not see it and had to negotiate around the stand quite sharply.
- Many boys sought out the teacher librarians who were on the floor, rather than the library officer at the circulation desk. Those who did go to the desk, had to wait for a bit before being served.
- Being greeted creates a lovely welcoming feel, and the boys will come over for a chat.
- The boys who browsed the displays expressed an interest in them, sought out the one that related to their unit of work, borrowed from the display or asked questions (especially about the banned book display).