It feels like just yesterday I was planning my school year, promising I’d be better about blogging and staying in touch. HAH! The past few months have been overwhelming:
- weeding (my personal goal? getting our average collection age up to the mid-1990s) and updating the collection (if nothing else, getting a copy of Helen Keller’s memoir that was published this century, not 1931!);
- emptying out the former archives space, and trying to organize the new space(s) while also weeding out non-archives materials that have been dumped there;
- updating our Resource Guides (not using LibGuides as the term any longer, on the Kleenex/tissue theory) as we complete the shift from v.1 to v.2; and
- trying for even more integration and pushing into “new” classes, like English and Biology.
Then there’s the professional development piece, with visits to a local independent school (so inspiring to see their renovated space and hear their weeding story), the Bank Street BookFest, and finally the ALAN workshop (more about that later). Reading blogs and saving links and ideas… but lacking the time to really figure out ways to integrate them into the program. And reading books, trying to keep up with what should be on the shelves and how we can get them into the hands of more students.
The thing is, working in a boarding school is exhausting. There’s evening study hall, sit-down dinners, weekend duty, advising, late hours (we’re open 7:am-5pm every day), committee work and evening committee meetings. In this, my second year, time management is still a struggle. That’s not to say that it’s not also fun and has incredible rewards (the student who is so happy you found just the right resource, or that you came in on the weekend to see them in a play, or a game, or that you’ve baked something for your advisory meeting… and the student who trusts you enough to share their life with you, the good and the bad, whispering a secret hope or fear…). But it is exhausting and even in a day school there’s never enough time to get it all done.
So have patience! This blog will get updated. Information gleaned elsewhere will be shared. It’s just that for the past few months, I’ve been elsewhere.