Spring 2016 Teachers’ Booklist

I went extremely simply with this semester’s teachers’ booklist and just used Google Slides. There are still a surprising number of public school employees who have no idea how easy Google Drive is to use and why it’s such a great resource (especially now that documents are not saved under logins but rather just to that one device), so I just decided to use a product I know how to use in the hopes of opening some eyes a little bit.

I know that many people who don’t know Drive are also the same people who probably never look at my list, but I just choose to ignore things like that most of the time.

Anyway, I’m really happy with the way this turned out, even if it is just a PowerPoint presentation, essentially. It worked better than I anticipated; with the teachers’ booklist, I am very in touch with what I want it to be and look like, and Slides did a better job than I thought it would. I also think this turned into a pretty good list, even though I had a lot of trouble deciding which books to put on it.

Here it is! Enjoy!


Absence, or Resolutions

I’ve just finished my Spring 2016 Teachers’ Booklist and when I came to add it to my blog, I discovered, much to my dismay, that the Summer/Fall 2015 Teachers’ Booklist is the last thing I posted about 7 months ago. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say or think about; honestly, I think I have too much to say and think about. It’s finding the time to make myself do it.

But I do find that being able to think organically about what I am doing and working on is extremely helpful and I really ought to do it more.

To help myself accomplish that, and some other librarian things, I’m going to make a list of some of the goals I have for this year.

  1. Post on the blog  at least once a month. I have a ton of drafts with a title that I created when I had an idea or thought about something that I wanted to write about; all I really need to do is write them and schedule them
  2. Participate in more and “more better” twitter chats. What I mean is that I don’t want to overdo the chats by just saying participate in more. I want to make sure they are actually on topics I am interested in. I don’t have to participate in #nctlchat every week. To help myself accomplish this, I’m actually going to pay attention to the schedules for the ones I like and ones I might be interested in so that I can plan ahead and actually participate when the topic is something I want to participate in.
  3. Be better about not overloading my to-read shelf on Goodreads. I have such a habit of marking a book to-read and then literally never getting back to it because I want to read so many. I have a shelf called “just shelving” and I need to take better advantage of it. Ideally, I will have a better understanding of how many books should be on my to-read shelf by the end of this year.
  4. Post some of my other ongoing projects on this blog, specifically my favorites website and my booklists and read-a-like lists.

To a new year! With many new changes and adventures!