As we head into the last days of the month, many schools have completed a week or even two of the new school year. The year is still fresh, but those first few days are under our belts! For me, that’s always a relief, and after catching my breath from the intense summer course schedule, I enjoy getting back into the routine of Fall.
The cycle of returning to school is different for me in my current role as a university faculty member than when I was a classroom teacher and librarian, but the experience still feels familiar. At this point we’re two weeks in. We’ve completed the back-to-school professional development days. We welcomed students through the doors and online portals for the first time, and we greeted friends and colleagues again.
So how was it for you? Are you ready for the three-day Labor Day Weekend? And where are you setting your gaze and goals for the month of September? Here are a few topics on the docket for me now, and into the next couple of months.
- Digital storytelling across library settings: I’m teaching a graduate seminar in digital storytelling this semester. We’re reading Brian Alexander’s The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. We’re having some great discussions about the diverse formats and contexts for digital storytelling, including in gaming, blogs, social media, and more “traditional” forms, like narrated multimedia stories.
- AASL Fall Forum (October 17-18): Our school, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is hosting one of the Fall Forum Satellite Sites in October, and plans are underway! Are you attending the forum in St. Louis or one of the sites? Join us for this year’s event: School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape.
- NCSMLA Conference (October 9-11): I’m presenting with two UNCG colleagues at our state library conference in October (North Carolina School Library Media Association). This year’s theme is Extreme Makeover: Evolving Libraries Edition. We’ll be getting ready this month for our session on fostering communication between school librarians and principals, including strategies for discussing budget and budget proposals proposals and communicating how your school library program aligns with school goals.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing in your library and school as the year gets underway. Share in the comments—does your school have a theme or focus for students this year? Or perhaps for the teachers or PD program? What are some library management tasks that you’d like to accomplish? What collaborations are you planning to start the year?