Friday, June 14, 2013

Gone Virtual Will Return in August

As I enjoy the relaxing mornings on the patio watching the sunrise, with coffee, my whippets, and iPad in hand, I am so thankful for the much needed summer vacation time.  If tradition prevails, I will start my annual summer projects, frolic with friends, travel with family, and  escape into characters as I read each novel. But wait, this isn't quite going as planned with the changing role of a school librarian.  
As I delved into article after article presented in my PLN, I've read about bookless libraries, digital content, and high tech library services.  Things have changed much from my first school library position in 1989 but I never thought about the school library going virtual for the summer.  This is my first summer where I feel like I'm still connected to my students and faculty literarily 24/7.
Here's a peek at summer vacation thus far.
  1. Stopped into the library this week to get ideas on branding with new carpet and paint planned for this summer.
  2. Wrote articles for my personal blog.
  3. Wrote an article as a quest blogger.
  4. Organized collaborative presentations for district PD.
  5. Checked my Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email accounts frequently.
  6. Monitored the two Google form documents with summer reading entries.
  7. Trouble-shot a Follett Digital Reader problem.
  8. Answered emails from students and parents regarding summer reading and accessing eBooks.
  9. Used school Facebook and Twitter accounts to promote the progress with summer reading.
  10. Followed our digital eBook circulation reports.
  11. Read Bewitched by Alex Flinn, a book on the Texas Lone Star 2013 list.
  12. Listened to the book My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier on Follett Catalist audio eBook.
  13. Collaborated with district librarian, Naomi Bates, on implementing the 25 Book Challenge Campaign.
  14. Dabbled with the many suggestions, apps, and new software that streams through my PLN.
The list will continue since I'm only on my first week of vacation.  As I enter my 34th year as an educator, I embrace the library activity during the summer months.  As summer continues I can relate to our roles changing from "housing books" to connecting patrons with information.  Going virtual during the summer months allows me this "connection".

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