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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Lighting the Future: What Next?

I just installed Google Chrome. How has it taken me this long? 

It's strange how as a librarian I am ready to embrace new technologies and yet as a blogger I am afraid that if I alter something, I will lose all of my content / bookmarks etc.

My fears were unfounded. Thanks to the lovely Jesse and Sophie for the push I needed to fix the browser issue.

I went to #LTF12 for just the Saturday because it's half term and I have had many other things to do. I kind of wish that I did stay the whole weekend but I feel like I've had time today to make plans based on what I've learnt or had refreshed about being a School Librarian. Meeting people who do your job is so valuable. I wish I could connect with more Prep School Librarians. If you're out there, get in touch.

What Next?

I am going to:

  • Implement literacy tracking for Years 3 and 7 when they join us in September
  • Discuss with Senior Management the possibility of having parent drop in sessions calendared throughout the academic year to offer knowledge / support
  • Move ahead with enrolling parents as library borrowers
  • Contact local public libraries and open the lines of communication about how we can work together
  • Discuss intervention strategies with Senior Management and Learning Support 

I'm also going to read more professional literature. I'm going to start here:

What I'll be doing next week:
  • Knitting Club
  • Making Beaded Necklaces at lunch time
  • Speaking at Nursery Parents' Induction Evening
  • Book buying at Peters
  • Writing a piece for the School Magazine
  • All the usual day to day stuff
Thanks to the organisers of #LTF12, the publishers, the authors and my fellow librarians for an inspirational experience as always.


Michelle said...

I was the exact same way, I had been having problems with IE for a while with it constantly crashing one me. It took me forever to get the courage to switch to google chrome, mostly as I was scared of losing all my bookmarks and saved pages. Thankfully the transfer went without a hitch, and although I am still re-organising my bookmarks, they all made the transfer and I am slowly warming up to GC

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

I am the school librarian at my primary school. I'm also a Year 5 teacher, so my time in the library is severly limited - I dream of doing all the things that you plan on doing!

Becky said...

Michelle, so far so good with the transfer. Chrome does seem quicker too.

Sam, I am always happy to share resources. Just send me an email if you think I might be able to help. It must be so hard to juggle teaching and manage the library. I keep thinking I should put on my blog activities to go with book group reads - maybe I should do more of that kind of thing.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. You're great. I love all the stuff you have coming up.

Becky said...

Thanks Juju. Hope everything is great with you!

Joe said...

All sounds good Becky! Gutted I missed it this year, you always leave these things feeling inspired. I hope your plans meet with success.

Sam - the year five teacher at one of the junior schools attached to my place is in exactly the same position. I do try to help as much as I can, but we really need someone over there full time. It's a fundamental requirement for any primary school to have dedicated professional librarian support! Hope you can convince the powers that be of that. I'm slowly getting them round to that way of thinkng in my school.

Jenni said...

Great post, I'm so impressed that you're already organised with your plan ahead - think it's going to take me a bit longer for me to process all the information I took in. It was such a good event wasn't it, made me wish I was already graduated and working rather than having another year to go! Your week sounds full of brilliant things :)

Becky said...

Thanks Joe. Shame you couldn't come this time around. Maybe you can make it to the SLA 75th Anniversary day in November. There is nothing like a bit of networking to boost your motivation and inspire you to try something new.

Jenni, somehow my learning from the conference was easier this time to see how I can implement change. Maybe I am getting better with practice?
I'm not sure where you're based but if you ever need some work experience in the Essex area, just get in touch.
Good luck with your studies.