There's nothing like walking into Target and seeing all the new and colorful back-to-school supplies to remind you of all the work you said you would work on over the summer but never actually did. Oops. I'll chop this summer's lack of productiveness on working with counselors at our local YMCA summer camp and finishing my specialist degree.
While I did not complete my summer to-do list, I was productive in some other areas! I have been looking into the Future Ready Librarians framework, developing goals for the year, and falling more in love with Flipgrid! I was participating in #notatISTE (I will see you again one day), when I came across Flipgrid's new certification process and the awesome badges they have. Flipgrid was a huge hit when I used it last year with our MakerSpace but I did not use it as regularly as I would have liked. My July was spent working on my certification for Flipgrid and thinking of new ways I can use it in our library. #FlipridFever is their live Twitter chats and it's offered a plethora of ideas and people to collaborate with so I am really looking forward to using it more this year!
I also mentioned I have been working on my goals for this school year. Flipgrid use is just one goal I have for our library. There is a Facebook group for Future Ready Librarians hosted by my hero, Shannon McClintock Miller, that I have been getting to know and participate in over the summer. Shannon facilitated talks (FB posts) on each of the framework ideas and shared a wonderful template for 2017-2018 goals. I appreciated the time to focus on developing goals and ideas for this year as well as being able to discuss them with other like-minded librarians across the states. It's so important to find a tribe of your own who uplifts you, challenges you, and helps make you better. I have definitely found that in this group. Check out my goals below!
So friends, here is to a new, AMAZING year!
Full disclosure as this is my first blog post: I have attempted two different blogs in the past (my middle school librarian days and last year) but I think this is the one that will stick. I look forward to reflecting on our year, our activities, and delving into the Future Ready Librarian framework this year!