For the past 13+ years, I have been the sole library person in small rural school in Alberta, Canada, so by default, I am called the librarian, (or Library Lady). Previous to this job, I was the manager of the local public library. I have some technical training but no degree. If I did, I would not have this job since Alberta has seen fit to eliminate all professional staff from its school libraries (and this is how I feel about that). I am actually fortunate to hold a full-time position, which is rare in my district.
I do, however impossible it is, love my job. I feel very fortunate to be in a K-12 school where I literally get to watch the kids grow up. If variety is the spice of life, then I’m as hot as it gets, as I expect are all those in my position. Our district has a wonderful network of library people, who, although considerably spread out geographically, share ideas and knowledge to support each other very well.
My greatest job-related dream, besides cloning myself or finding myself with a full-time on-the-job partner, is to one day look at my library and think that everything is just fine the way it is. In the meantime, I keep myself terribly busy trying to make it perfect.
I began this blog to track my learning and progress on my most recent pet project. My goals in redesigning the library are about making it more, to risk cliché, user-friendly, so that it is exciting for the kids to enter, inspires them to broaden their minds and lifts their spirits. I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities that technology gives us to teach and learn more broadly and creatively.
I love books, nature and art and I am a hobby-photographer. I’m excited about what artists are doing with discarded books and include a lot of that here. I also love to laugh and post library, book and technology humour whenever I run across it.
I hope you will join in a conversation or two with me.