Goal Setting 2015-16

We have to do SMART goals this year. I dunno why, but I love SMART goals! I like being Specific and Measurable and Relevant. Here are mine.

Goal 1: Non-Fiction Collection Development

The non-fiction collection hasn’t been evaluated and weeded in a long time. Looking over, removing old and adding new books will bring freshness and relevancy to the collection. It will also provide a forum for collaboration with departments about changes in their curricula.

Fall: Assess and have department conversations

Winter: Weed and discard

Spring: Purchase new items

Goal 2: S4 Teacher Collaborations

I plan on collaborating with each member of S4 this year on projects which span 9-12 and history, economics and geography. The new faculty (and new 9/10 curriculum) bring fresh opportunities to embed information literacy skills from the ICT Outcomes document. This will be on-going throughout the year. Don and I have spoken extensively about the needs of the program and we are developing a plan to standardized IL classroom practices.

Goal 3: OverDrive/Ebook Promotion and Development

Now that we have OverDrive (yay!) I’ll be spending part of this year ensuring that every Tregaron student knows about it, has the app, and understands how it works. We’re investing boatloads of money so it’s important we get good usage. This work will be on-going with bigger pushes before and after school breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, etc.) As part of this goal, I’ll work on developing our OverDrive Advantage collection to better suit our population.


Goal Setting for 2013-14

We’re meeting with Sean today to talk about goals and I want to get me thoughts organized.

How does my work correlate to the AASL Roles of the School Librarian?



Instructional Partner

Information Specialist

Program Administrator

What do I plan on accomplishing this year? 

  • 8 collaborations with US teachers
  • Kindles pilot
  • Three Wells and advertising – getting different bodies in the library
  • weeding and replacement of ENG fiction
  • signage
  • reportage and documentation
  • create a monthly US book display
  • Annual Report
  • Ebook acquisition methods
  • Present at a conference?!
  • Train Jane and her up and running as MS librarian
  • budget, billing, credit card stuff



Goals Check-in!

Eek, there is only 6 weeks left of school!  I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by and I feel like I just have a little bit of time left to fulfill my goals.  Has it been a success?  Let’s check in with my goals from October.

Re-establish and refine library services for our user group now that we have two people doing collection and curriculum development.

I attend the monthly Subject Coordinators meetings to keep the library and research skills on the Upper School agenda.  The majority of my collaborations this year have been with the US, mostly with history teachers Cook and Rhiel.  I’ve also contributed as a member of a Learning Group and brought ideas about information & digital literacies to this group. One of the things I never expected to encounter was my own resistance and sense of ownership about the work I’ve done here.  It’s been a challenge letting go to some projects and programs I love because we have split the position up by division.  I think I lost some time this year when I could have been digging deeper into the Upper School.  I think I need to re-align my priorities and think about who my users are and what their needs are.  The Upper School faculty and students need different things than the MS community.  Am I really tailoring services to my users?

Create an information literacy scaffold for grades 6-12.

Bam!  I am not currently involved with presenting the scaffold to departments but look forward to being part of this process in the future. AGOPPE will be a major part of this next year.

Work deeply with Humanities and History to create more access to more methods of research and kinds of material across the divisions.

I was part of a major 10th grade History curriculum redo and did some work with the Geography students.  I feel like I did not connect to the US English department well this year. I feel like I saw them less and didn’t try and collaborate enough.

Engage with librarians at other schools to learn about other methods of library service and instruction as well as to create a regional consortium of independent school librarians.

Between MWISLA and the ECIS, AISL and YALSA listservs, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what’s trending in school libraries.  Although I haven’t stated connected with the IB librarians from Atlanta, I feel so much more knowledgable and confident about working with the Diploma Program.

Contribute to the national discussion about school librarianship and/or IB librarianship in some way.

I think I meant this to mean that by the end of the this year I would have plans to present at a conference, but that didn’t happen.  But I do feel connected to the national conversation via YALSA and the Literature Symposium.  I’m less convinced I want to be part of the national conversation but I would like to contribute to some regional professional development opportunities.  And I am going to continue this blog.  At the very least, it’s been a great way to keep track of my own work.

And I plan on reading more adult books and fewer teen books this year.

I think I’ve read fewer books over all, but many more of them were adult books!  I really want to read the Alex Award books this summer and I need to spend more time with the DP Literature in Translation list.

Thinking ahead to next year: Collection Management.  We need to do an Inventory and some major weeding.

A Reading Life? Is Modeling Reading Behaviour Enough?

I think I’m a reader because my parents are readers.  I grew up watching my mom devour romance novels and my dad dive into the paper every day.  We always had magazines, books, academic journals and newspapers in our home.  While we rarely went to the library after elementary school, twice a month I was given a few bucks to spend at Annie’s Book Stop, a local used bookstore.  I bought gems!  I found The Hitchhiker’s Guide and the Belgarion at Annie’s.  I bought poems and pulp fiction and Sweet Valley High for 50 cents each.  I still have my copy of the complete stories of Edgar Allen Poe.  Thus was my reading life sustained during the years I might have given up on reading from lack of choice and access.  

I’m thinking about this as I read more about Sustained Silent Reading, book choice, summer reading, incentive programs, etc.  How do we create readers and, in the MS/US environment, keep them reading?  How do we create an environment in which reading for pleasure is a given and students are excited to read a wide array of sources?  There are so many answers in educator’s circles and even some arguments (for or against summer reading prizes, anyone?)

This is all to say that I think we need to do more to model reading in my library.  I think it sends a powerful message to kids to see adults and their peers reading for pleasure.  Maybe we need to have a Read-in or create Read posters or create a nook specifically for reading magazines.  Maybe I need to spend more time documenting and sharing the excellent reading behaviour I already see in some students and teachers.  It’s always been a goal of mine to have a One Book program with an author visit…

What are the things you do to model and encourage reading for pleasure?

AASL 16th National Conference IdeaXchange Take One

I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for the AASL Exploratorium/ IdeaXchange in Hartford next November.  It seems like a regular poster presentation but perhaps with a technology twist.  My thoughts are a mess, but I’ve been thinking about this article from the NYT about the lack of Latina characters and this earlier Atlantic article about a lack in characters of color in YA.  From what I can tell from this video about the last Exploratorium, there has not been a recent presentation on multicultural literature at AASL.  So maybe there is something there…

The new Non-fiction requirement has been on my mind too.  Can that get mixed in?  Is there something about being at an international school that can clearly contribute?  And given my reaction to the lack of graphic novels at YA Lit Syp, I feel a responsibility to share some.

Best practices?  Or a muddled mess?

More thinking is required.

Reading Challenge: Accepted!

penumbra-coverLike many of my fellow teen librarians and YALSA members, I’m going to take up the YALSA 2013 Hub Reading Challenge.  I need to read (or re-read) 25 of the 83 award winning titles.  I haven’t spent a lot of time with the list, but I think I’ll probably read the following:

The Diviners, Heist Society, Seraphina (re), the Protector of the Small series, In Darkness, Every Day (re), I Hunt Killers, Dodger (re), Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Bomb, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, The Raven Boys (re), Code Name Verity, Beneath A Meth Moon, We’ve Got A Job.

Want to join me?  What are the books you are excited to read?