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At 08:12 AM 11/9/2007, you wrote:
>Just curious - how many of you actually READ, during the day, in the

I made it a point to always be busy, to be seen to be doing 
something.  (It was NEVER of case of having to find something to do, 
it was a case of which job was most pressing.)  I did this because 
its the kind of person I am, but also because of the extremely 
negative comments I heard about a predecessor of mine who was often 
seen reading the newspaper, or a book, "on the job".  Sadly, the 
general public or faculty will never understand that keeping up with 
current events, what's new and valuable in literature, non-fiction, 
professional journals, etc. is part of the job... their view will 
always be 'I never have time to take a breath.. how come he can sit 
and read all day?' or 'We didn't get a raise this year, and were 
short a math teacher... and we pay him to sit and read?'  Now, 
imagine those thoughts in an administrator's head.

You might be able to get away with "I'm modeling good literacy 
habits", but that would probably only fly during something like SSR periods.

I did make a point to mention to kids and staff about things I was 
reading at home.  I usually worked in a comment that there wasn't 
time to read here, but that I had several books at home I was just 
finishing and had really enjoyed, etc.  Any discussion about hobbies 
or recreation was a chance to mention that reading was always a big 
part of my life.

Mark Williams
Consulting Librarian
Professional Services for Conferences, Districts, Workshops
"The closest thing you will find to an orderly universe is a good 
library"  Ashleigh Brilliant  

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