It’s the beginning of the school year and we are all jazzed up, ready to try new things and dig into our reserves of fresh energy! We scroll through Twitter. Read journal articles. Skim Pinterest. Look back to conference keynotes. There are rockstar librarians everywhere sharing amazing things about collaborating, writing curriculum, reorganizing collections, and building makerspaces. They are blogging, integrating literacy, and renovating spaces. It’s so exciting!
But it is also overwhelming.
All of this wonderfulness can come at a price, and when we fall into our routines and have those days where the printer is jammed, the Internet failed, and a kid returned a book that was dropped in a sink, we often find ourselves comparing ourselves and coming up short. Have you ever spent a morning putting stickers on books and an afternoon when we didn’t get to have lunch, and ask, Where do they find the time? How do they get it all done? And why can’t I do that? You’re not alone.
We’ve all experienced that doubt that creeps in when we measure the mundanity of our days with the highlight reels of of others’ lives. Nobody tweets or writes about the moments that take up an embarrassingly large part of our time, and some days this leaves us wondering if we are effective and essential, let alone a leader.
As we find our legs in the upcoming year, let’s close the newsreels every now and then and focus on realistic goals for ourselves. Pick one area of your library program that you want to improve or extend, and make a plan. Write it down on a sticky note and put it in your plan book or on your desk. Share it with your community so you have a support system. Let yourself have bad days--they always come with change and challenge--and let yourself shine on other days. Really shine. Celebrate! Share!
And when you get up tomorrow morning, look at yourself in the mirror. Look at the sticky note you wrote your goal on, and remind yourself that through the mundane, you will still shine.
Over this school year, our blog posts will focus on ways we can continue to elevate our roles as leaders. Please share out with us: What do you want to know more about? What are your goals? Drop us a line via email letthelibrarianslead.com or on Twitter @letthelibrarianslead.com and we will use your ideas as jumpstarts!