If you work in a school, you know that each year will bring changes - different students, different research needs, different teachers, surprising events, etc.. They're the type of things you know are coming and yet can do very little to prepare. For me, there's no dread involved, just a sense of fatalistic anticipation. Sometimes,… Continue reading Changes. Always changes.
One year ago this week I'd completed my first inventory of the collection and attended two days of New Faculty Orientation. Next stop, Opening Faculty Meetings. I remember staring around, looking at my new colleagues and wondering who was who and how I'd fit in. My boss introduced me, mentioning my 140-mile round-trip commute and… Continue reading Fitting in
In my last post, I mentioned that I hate shelving. The upside, besides nice, neat shelves with books that are findable is that it's a great way to look at your collection, particularly if there's a research project ongoing (inventory is another great tool, and if you're not doing an annual inventory, shame on you!). … Continue reading The upside (maybe) and other collection thoughts
Over the past 30 years I've had several "careers" (in the theatre, in finance, as an office manager or a project manager, and finally as an executive recruiter before starting the librarian gig) and worked in many different environments, from small 2-person offices to multi-branch companies. Every job I've had has been filled with things… Continue reading A love/hate relationship
Sadly, I succumbed to the Lure of Summer Vacation (June? well, I've had a stressful year so I deserve some time off... July? 31 days to get things done in, right?... OMG it's AUGUST!! how can I possibly get everything done??). So as I've scrambled to Get Things Done I've also had time to think… Continue reading Why do this?
Ok, to be honest, I almost titled this post "iRead" but I don't want to jump on any bandwagons! So, yes, I read. A lot. It's one of my few real talents - reading, reading, reading. Since January I've read 180 books (well... started 180 books. some were so bad I couldn't finish) in a… Continue reading I read…
The other day I was having lunch with a librarian friend when she mentioned the name of her new Lower School Librarian (my friend is the Director of Libraries for a K-12 school) and how she now has a dream team. Knowing the people she's working with, I have to agree. Another school I know… Continue reading Dream Teams
One year ago today was my first day at Miss Porter's School. As with any new job, there were fears and trepidations, not to mention excitement and that "here's to a new adventure" feeling. So what has this past year brought, and what am I looking forward to next year? This past year has been… Continue reading Looking backward… looking forward…