Well it is a new year and like everyone else I am taking stock of the year gone by and looking ahead to what I’d like to accomplish in the new one ahead.
The chart indicates the goals & objectives I set in my Long Range Plans for 2010-11. Some are completed, some are in progress, and sadly, some have not been initiated as yet. With these goals in mind, I am recommitting to seeing that these goals are initiated or completed this school year.
Increase Advocacy & Collaboration Efforts
I have updated my “Welcome Back” brochure that I usually give teachers in August, but I didn’t this year. I have tailored it toward our new teachers (20% of our faculty are new this year) in an attempt to increase collaboration with this group.
I have also updated the LMC Teacher Guidelines and will place a copy in every teacher’s mailbox for them to add to their Teacher Handbook.
We received an iPod Grant just before the school year began. Unfortunately, we still don’t have all of the bugs worked out (including no campus wide wifi); however, just before winter break our two carts were ready for us to begin using them in classrooms. I am looking forward to assisting teachers with the implementation and use of the iPods in the classroom.
I’m sure it is no surprise to learn that I’m an organizational “freak,” – especially since most librarians tend to be! However, while I can usually find anything I’m looking for without too much time and effort, I have trouble putting together reports. Mostly because I find it BORING and tedious. I resolve to do better!
Some of you know that I was diagnosed as a diabetic back in October. I’ve been doing good about cutting out sugar and modifying my diet, but not so good at giving up the carbs. (Bread, pasta, and cheese are my biggest weaknesses!) So my number one goal for the new year is to eat healthier and exercise more.
- at least ONE YA book per month and write a review for the 2 Read or Not 2 Read blog.
- at least ONE book per month just for me! Reading for my own personal enjoyment has been something that has been superseded by reading professional publications and online reading. One of the things I’ve lamented over since becoming a librarian is that I no longer have time to read just for me and reading isn’t always “fun” anymore.
- the professional review magazines the library subscribes to every month. Kind of a “duh” goal, but since the library has no money to buy books I haven’t been reading the review magazines lately. That has to change. Yes, I can’t buy books, but I still need to keep abreast of whats coming out, trends, and to keep a list for the “just in case I get funding” possibility.
- my reading for the year using the My Bookshelf app for my iPhone. I don’t know if it is because I read so many of the same type of books or if I’m just loosing my memory, but I can’t remember what books I’ve read. I originally purchased this app to catalog my home library, but found I liked BooksApp better as I can use the iPhone camera to scan in the ISBN barcode instead of having to manually type/search for the books. However, since I have My Bookshelf also, I might as well put it to use by documenting my 2011 reading!
- my day by jotting at least a sentence or two on the Momento diary app on my iPhone. I have to say I like how I can set up the app to capture my online contributions (blog, flickr, twitter, etc.) as well as diary entries to record my “life.”
- my blog by writing at lease one blog post a week. I’ve fallen off the PLN wagon by not participating lately. I still read my RSS Reader, but I haven’t been contributing. I need to do better.
- to Twitter. I’ve never been a big “tweeter,” but I was pretty good at reading the tweets of those I follow. However, ever since school started back I haven’t been keeping up with Twitter. I probably will never be a big contributor to Twitter, but I did find it useful and informative so I need to get back in the habit of at least checking Twitter periodically throughout the day.
Conferences/Workshops (partial list!)
- SCASL Webinars. As the Chair of SCASL’s IT Committee, on agenda item I am determined to see completed is a series of webinars to our members. They are going to begin this month and hopefully have at least one a month. Stay tuned for more details.
- present at the ETV Workshops in March (hopefully!) I submitted two workshop sessions and am waiting to hear if they were accepted.
- c0-presenting at the SCASL Annual Conference in March (hopefully!) Haven’t heard conclusively, but I agreed to be on a panel session, as well as co-present a session to introduce SCASL’s new (forthcoming) web site.
- present at our district’s TechFest in March. Applications to present haven’t gone out yet, but I agreed to submit one when they go out.
- take another photography class in March. Yep, March is going to be a jam packed month. I really want to learn all the ins and outs of my camera and taking better photographs.
- attend ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia this June! This will be my first time attending ISTE and I am so excited (and a little terrified at how expensive this trip will be!) So, along with this goal is one to begin budgeting to put money aside for ISTE!
So this is a start on my plans for the next few months! Wish me luck.