Library Management, Uncategorized

There is Never Enough Time

After the first few days on the job, you will realize that you are probably falling behind already.  And you are wondering how that happened, and how you can possibly keep up.  Well there is some some bad news (here is the part where I say and some good news – not so much) – you can’t.  You will bring your work home; spend hours at the computer planning; use every spare moment in school; shelving; processing; and helping teachers/staff.  Unfortunately if you are a perfectionist it will be worse cause you will worry about it (nah I wouldn’t know anything about that).  But the news isn’t all that bleak try to remember that you will end up creating something wonderful.  And there are lots of people and websites out there to help you.  Everything you need from lesson plans; displays; library administration (and evenutally there will be all of that here).  And don’t forget the other librarians in your district (if you are lucky enough to have some) they can be a great resource.   Remember we teach people how to find the information they need – don’t forget to use those skills yourself.

And most importantly try not to worry to much – things will come together eventually – and while you won’t find more time in a day – you will find yourself getting into a routine and creating the most wonderful space for your school, one that fits its unique personality and community.


Author: SL

SL has been a elementary/middle school librarian for over 13 year having received my MLS from SUNY Albany, in Albany, New York. SL has worked in a variety of settings from rural to urban, with different populations. She is currently the librarian at RCS Middle School. She lives near Albany, New York with her husband and three children.

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