Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Fresh Eyes in the Library

This September I started working with a new library assistant, my third library assistant in three years, and I must admit that I was slightly apprehensive about it all.  The CNB library is an extremely busy library with 2000 loans, 50-60 classes in researching and 10-15 different projects on the go a month. And, I really need to be honest here, I'm not exactly the easiest person to work with (combination of redheaded stubbornness and A type personality is not the best combination). So, I headed into September not expecting greatness.

All joking aside, the relationship of the teacher librarian and the library assistant is key to a strong library program.  I find it difficult being the only teacher librarian on staff because the drama teacher or the Social Studies teacher is not going to understand my latest LMS problem.  For the most part, a classroom teacher doesn't really understand what I do.  I believe that my colleagues know that I am not sitting in the library lounging about and reading the latest YA book.  That said, they probably couldn't articulate what I spend time doing.  My library assistant on the other hand, sees the craziness that is my job and holds down the fort while I run to get a TTOC a set of speakers, troubleshoot computer problems, track down a missing DVD, do some marking, try to carve out time to plan with my colleagues...  My library assistant is someone I can vent to.  More importantly, my library assistant is someone I can bounce ideas off.  Fortunately, my new library assistant is brilliant at understanding where I want to go with the library program and seeing what we need to do to get there.

The physical space of my library was something I haven't liked since the day I started but I have been hesitant to start changing.  Since September we have tackled the walls, updating the library with wallpaper and art.

I also wanted to really make an effort with displays this year as I really struggle with this component of my job.  We revamped the magazines, taking out an old shelving unit that housed them and found a massive bulletin board hidden behind it.                                                                                                                                      

I also have made an effort to increase my technology understanding.  So I've delved into the Twitter realm and started this blog.  My library assistant started using QR codes in the library.

Three months into the school year and I am amazed at all that we have accomplished so far.  Can't wait to see how the library evolves over the next seven months.


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