That’s my excited voice . . . excited that I am working as a school librarian!
The thing that surprises me is exactly how many different realms there are. I am really found of Evernote as a tool to keep track of my shopping list and my husband’s honey-do list and for work, my FIRES list. Here’s the different categories (so far):
- High school library space
- New cataloging software
- Book order
- Digital presence
- Elementary library instruction
- Elementary tech classes
- Personal PD
- Clean office
All but that last one has seen a lot of progress this week. 🙂
But then a blog post I read will send me in a whole new direction. Yesterday, it was this post by Doug Johnson. He writes:
Unless you already have the e-reading devices in hand, cancel the order. Spend your money instead on e-books that can be read on as wide a range of students’ own devices as possible. Take a hard look at Adobe Overdrive or FollettShelf. (I have no stock in either company.) The BYOD – bring your own device – are gaining footholds in a lot of districts where personally owned technologies that can be used to read e-books were previously forbidden.
I didn’t go any further – but started making phone calls. Since I work at a 1:1 laptop school, this is what makes sense. I’ll write more when we know where this is headed, but one of those two (not the one that costs $4,000 a year!) is very promising.
Then this morning, it was this post by Eliterate Librarian. I did a featured collections project in my practicum (I wrote about it here) and now I’m really thinking doing this whole-library might be the way to go. I think I’d phase it in first this year at the high school – we’re doing a lot of changes to the space (I will post before and after pictures eventually), so it might be a good time to change this too. Again, since we’re 1:1, the nonfiction collection isn’t as deep, and so this would make what is there more inviting. I am definitely going to study up more on this.
I started creating our digital footprint – so far I have Twitter, a blog, Diigo, and Shelfari, but eventually will add Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, Flickr, and probably more.
So much to do! It’s hard not to feel like I’m playing whack-a-mole sometimes, but I can see even in a week, I’ve made a lot of progress.
Love my life!