I’m all alone, all by myself…
Posted by gazjjohnson on 12 November, 2008
Maybe it was my aftershave.
Just returned from “running” by PhD chemistry databases session. I say “running” as despite having been there a good ten minutes early to clear the room of errant undergrads and there until 2.35pm not a single solitary PhD Chemistry showed their face in the room.
It’s enough to give a librarian a complex. Ah well, I’ve been stood up before and doubtless I’ll be stood up again. At least the weather was fine and a walk in the sun was lovely.
I will say that Twitter proved a very valuable tool though during these bleak 35 minutes as I discussed the issue of student inattendance, how long is polite/permissible to hang around before you have to call the deal done and even discussing chemistry resources with another academic. So at least the time wasn’t wasted.
Personally I found the day and half of teaching prep and production of the handouts useful in my own learning and development. I know a lot more about CrossFire and SciFinder Scholar than I did before this week.
Now the session was mandatory for the students, so I popped by the office of the Graduate Secretary to fill her in on the situation and I have to say she was wonderful. I think she was more miffed than I was about them not turning up. Handed over all the guides, so maybe somehow the students will learn something from my endevours – and next year’s prep won’t take half the time!
Now enough of that and onto a spot of bibliometrics…
Slides from the session are at: http://tinyurl.com/6aycg6