So I’ve basically been incoherent lately with SO MUCH going on inside my head with this upcoming move.
I really enjoyed myself these last two weeks as an elementary school librarian, having fun with my students and coworkers. As I said in my last post, there are so many things I’ll miss.
But moving forward, there is so much that I’m SO EXCITED about! I haven’t done much reading lately because my brain won’t slow down long enough for that. I’ve been working on my new library wiki and making plans. I know I have big shoes to fill — the retiring librarian is amazing and has done so much for CMS. I also know that I’ll be quite different. Where Marie is soft-spoken, composed, and has it together, I’m loud, spastic, and out there. But I hope to bring my strengths to help the CMS library continue to improve and serve students and teachers well. Here are the things I plan to throw myself into immediately:
Share my techno-love! From what I hear, many teachers are looking for new ways to infuse technology to enrich learning experiences for students. I’ll be using a wikispaces page as the library’s website and home that exploring it will show teachers and students that using tech tools is a passion of mine so they will approach me for ideas.
Move to a digital calendar. The library operates on a completely flex schedule, which I am so totally PSYCHED about. I’ll also be in charge of scheduling checkout for the mobile labs. This is currently done on a paper calendar that gives me anxiety and causes me to hyperventilate. I haven’t decided yet how exactly I’ll do scheduling, but I know it will be different. I’m toying with using the Novell calendar that goes with our email (not a big fan, but it’s what we have), using a Google Calendar, or putting a spreadsheet on the shared drive or Google Docs. If you or anyone you know has experience with scheduling like this, feedback would be majorly appreciated.
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Categorize books by genre. I’ll be moving into a brand spankin’ new library within the next year or two, and I’m seriously toying with the idea of arranging the fiction section by genre. My first step for this is going to be to label the book using these tined label protectors from Demco:
I’ll definitely be sharing more about this in the future. I’m still hashing out the specifics, but anticipate this to be a very good thing.
I also want to move to self checkout, but that’s not something I’m going to try to tackle right away. And I know that once I get in there I’ll start making even more plans and gain a more realistic perspective on how to implement them. These are exciting days ahead, folks!