There have been a lot of changes for me in the month of March. First is that I got great news for my future. However, that I cannot announce just yet until a few more things get into place. I promise a major reveal later. After the high came the low – I lost my 93-year-old grandpa. I miss him dearly, but grateful for the time I had with him, and of course the fact he got to hear my happiness. Then came the last- surgery.
Now this was a very needed surgery for my ankle, removing a accessory bone in my foot and fixing my tendon. So now I’m in a lovely boot wrap thingy and off school for several weeks.
Ok, Jamie, so what is your point? I guess my point is that we deal with changes no matter what. We have gone through immense changes in education and in the library field. My focus, of course is library. When my older family look at me, they don’t get how my tech knowledge serves me well as a librarian. They don’t realize that gone are the days where the librarian sits behind the desk, shushing students who are being even the least bit noisy. Those libraries don’t get used. Change is necessary
I’m proud to say that this year at my school I’ve managed to have open library time. Now, I’m an elementary librarian on a fixed schedule. I see 20 one-hour classes a week. I also have several times a week where I’m at the cafe for duty. This leaves not a ton of open library time. So, I open my plan time to allow students, classes, and whomever wants into the library during that time. I have seen a definite increase in usage of the library since I’ve opened it. A lot seems to just want a bit of an escape for 5 min while checking out a new book, but if I’m that place to take a quick breath, I’m ok with it. It’s a change I was willing to make and have seen some success.
I’ve also changed many staff opinions of a librarian. They see me as a tech person, someone to help them when they have a question, no matter how small. I love that. They have really embraced me as their tech leader this year. Sometimes I know their annoyed if I have to close the library to run and do something, but I have no choice without an aide. But I want to help everyone, and if that means I have to step away from the library, so be it. Most have come to understand this, luckily. But, again, a change.
My point is that change is hard. Changes are hard. But with a little willingness, great things can happen with change. Even if change isn’t what you want.