Monday, July 29, 2013

10 on the 10th! Coming soon to a blogpost near you.

My friend Cathy Mere started this a few years ago and it has really grown.  (I will give you the link in my next post!)  I would like my 10 this year to be amazing informational (nonfiction, but with flair!) books for the high school library/classroom.  Any ideas?  I will give you credit if I use it.
Thanks in advance for the assist!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Today's mantra -- finish what I start!

Today's mantra -- finish what I start! I have so many half-done projects and this day the day I complete them. Or at least as many as possible! Those of you who know my great talent for procrastination will find this very entertaining, I know! 
How many of you are in the same boat?  Great ideas for you library begun but not finished?  That online book club idea?  A new book display?  Starting that dynamic web page?  It is so easy to let those things slide as you struggle to get the day to day job finished, but think for a minute; how do you feel at the end of the day?  Are you simply content with your accomplishments, or excited by what you have done?  Or more importantly, how do your patrons feel?  
August is right around the corner, let's use this time to try and create some fresh ideas ready for the start of school, or at least finish some you have started.

Ready, set, begin ......

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Reflection on Change

Change is uncomfortable.  Is that because we are creatures who crave the comfort of a standard form, or because we have that lazy gene and like it when we don't have to try hard?   I don't have the answer, and if you asked me last week  I would say that I liked change.  Maybe I am a rabble-rouser or an agent of change, or just an individual who is easily bored, but I would say change can be good.
Why am I thinking about change right now?  I think it is because I am currently taking a course that is causing me to question my status quo, and it is hard.  And messy.  And I am feeling uneasy about it.  Maybe it is more authentic to say that I like to be the one in control of my change; the setting, time, breadth and depth of it.  When I publicize what changes I have made, I am the change maker ready to help others rise to this challenge as well. 
But not this week, this week I am the squeaky wheel, the naysayer, the "but, what about ...." and I am distressed by this.  Does this mean I was fraudulent in the past, I'm not that change advocate?  Or maybe it depends of what I am changing, what area of my life is undergoing change.
Maybe by next week I will feel like a change maker again, ready to lead the charge, but not right now.  Not today...  today I need contemplation, and reflection, not persuasion and coercion.