Leaving behind St Patrick’s Day and World Poetry Day,  time to get serious. Less than three weeks to go to Easter and less to the end of term. Anxiety is palpable in the atmosphere here.  Medical students with presentations to prepare  and queries  coming thick and fast.

All manner of “killer” presentation tools  were being including Prezi, Keynote, Powerpoint and Google.  Our readers are constantly teaching us,  how to help them , help others.

All the high-octane in the air and the laptops decide to go on strike!  Students have booked study rooms a week in advance with the aim of perfecting their presentations and we have the unenviable task of telling them our  laptops aren’t working.  Hard as it may be for the student to hear, it’s also difficult for us to deliver the news. Our raison d’étre is to help our readers and we want our library to fulfil their reasonable needs, not  to fail them.

We had to liaise with  IT  to ascertain what was going on. Meanwhile, with some difficulty we managed to make  alternative arrangements, far from ideal, but better than nothing.

The positive outcome is that our students came back after making their presentations, laughing and chattering while thanking us for our help.

When  things are going well, we don’t even think of how fallible technology can be. I wonder how many can remember Overhead Projectors? Incidentally they are still available for purchase!




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