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Is summer really almost over?

Posted by lpearle on 14 August 2010

When you work in a school, summer vacation is endowed with the same reverence it was when you were attending school: it’s a time of relaxation and renewal.  Even if you have to work during the summer (as I do), it’s still “vacation work” – slower paced, more project-based, etc. than “real work.”

This summer has had two major projects: the Big Move to the ‘new’ space, and working on organizing the archives.  Each has posed great challenges as the summer has progressed, and are no where near finished.  Yes, I know that archives work is never done, but I had hoped to be a little further along by the end of the summer.  In little over a week, pre-season athletics starts.  Teachers have been drifting in (and out) with greater frequency than earlier this summer.  So clearly, vacation is nearing its end.

It’s with something of a shock that I realize that I have only three weeks to:

  • create a scavenger hunt and plan the next two projects for our History 9 classes (in collaboration with the teachers, of course)
  • plan teacher orientation/training with our Upper School Technology Coordinator
  • think about Welcome Back swag for our US teachers
  • update our website
  • go through the many twitter and blog posts with great links, adding to our blog and our Delicious links
  • pull out interesting new arrivals for students to oooh and aaah over
  • continue working on Libguides for our Government class (the elections and Africa are two of the broad topics they’re covering)
  • etc etc etc

All this on top of finishing the move and all the other day-to-day library stuff.  Still, it’s been a good summer… if only it were another month long!


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