Being at home with a sick kiddo, while not my idea of a fun time, does at least give me some good time for reflection.
I let January slip past me with no new blog posting, but it is lovely February and I'm back!
I have now been a high school librarian for a semester. I have loved every minute of my new gig--and have learned (and am still learning) a lot.
Some ways the HS library is different than my MS library:
- way more schedules going on (and I thought 3 was difficult!) We have Early College High School, 9th graders on a block schedule and upper grades on a "regular" schedule, students with no classes for some periods of the day, late start Wednesday, etc.
- much more emphasis on research (not a surprise, clearly---but we certainly are not preparing them adequately in MS --and I blame high-stakes testing pressure)
- less Wimpy Kid, more Stephen King
- something is ALWAYS going on in "my" space that isn't of my doing---meetings/after hours college classes/Saturday school/after school tutorials
- taller kids with more facial hair! ;)
So I am learning and adapting and growing right along with my students, as is only right. Speaking of right, here are some things I think are on point:
- a warm, cozy atmosphere. We have couches and checkers and chess and lamps going on. Not completely done, of course---it will always be evolving---but moving in the right direction.
- our circulation has more than doubled each month from last year's stats. Not that circ stats are the only thing, but I do like the upward momentum.
- fun fine forgiveness opportunities---a canned food drive in Nov/Dec and now a write-a-teacher-a-note-of-appreciation for the month of February.
- we were an official location for the National Readathon Day and had a good turnout, raising over $300 (we partnered with the National English Honor Society for this event)
- making a sort-of weekly video---called Dragons in the Stacks about library happenings shown to during Advisory classes
- giving some techie tips workshops for teachers
- building a connected library via social media
(and just for fun let me add I've been told I am both magical & "on fleek" this year!)
And for some balance, here are some areas I'm actively growing in:
- out-of-the box ways of better serving my students & teachers--I will begin a "mobile library" of sorts to hopefully get more books in the hands of my kids (and I thank my friend & super librarian friend Michelle Cooper for the idea)
- having helpful info on checking out ebooks, research, etc. EASILY accessible by the masses
- genrefying my fiction collection (did it at my MS, but only beginning the process at the HS)
Reflection + Action = Growth