Well it’s here. Back2School week. This week we will have a flurry of activity going on in our high school and library. Here’s a glimpse of my Monday alone!
- Monday first thing, our entire district is at our school for the district wide welcome back. Recognitions take place, and yours truly made the list.
- After the district “Welcome Back” event, I’ll just have time to load new rolls of laminating film and prepare for our afternoon meeting before running home to grab lunch. Thank goodness I only live five minutes from school. (Yeah, I’m going to run home to eat with my hubby–my last grasp of summer freedom, sort of….)
- Monday after lunch, we have our first formal faculty meeting in the library. I’m hoping to use this time to not only learn about initiatives and plans for a new school year from our principal, but also (informally) disseminate assorted remote controls, Promethean pens, and other small items that are bagged and turned in annually, person to person before and after the meeting. But first, as mentioned earlier, I’ll be helping set up for this faculty meeting–no small feat when you consider we are a staggering 140+ in population faculty and staff wise. (Our school enrollment generally runs 2600+ kids, grades 10-12.) See the picture here–that’s the library. There is limited space not pictured to the right and left. As you can tell, yes, there will be some muscles used to set up for the meeting. I suppose we could deliver it via video conferencing, but folks, this is definitely one time face to face is best, at least IMHO. Thank goodness our maintenance staff will be rearranging furniture optimal for a meeting such as this. I’ll just be pulling screens, carts, and projectors and such.
Daily the rest of the week various groups have assorted meetings and events to attend as well, like hall meetings, department head meetings, committee meetings, and more. It’s something everyday, but that is normal and necessary. This past week, for three days, our school had back-to-school registration. Yeah, it takes 3 days. It is a fine-tuned efficient system, but with our large student body, it really does take three days, and then add on a one day make-up day scheduled for midweek coming.
Some meetings take place even before this week
Last week, before teachers returned, we as a district library group met. Our district librarians were not the only ones meeting, though. Our new faculty & staff had a meeting at school that lasted a half day or so. This meeting was to get them introduced to the administrative staff, and to go through some basic school policies and procedures. It is a tightly packed meeting with little time for extras. Then this group had a two-day meeting at the district level with all new faculty & staff for the district.
So when can I introduce the library to new teachers?
I share all the above to show that we as a library staff don’t have a chance to get in on any formal meetings that new faculty & staff have. I don’t even want to be added formally. It would extend already long meetings those folks must attend, meetings they sometimes leave feeling information overload.
Principal’s idea–have a drop-in!
How could I introduce them to the library program without making it another formal meeting? Finally I thought why not invite them to a breakfast during back2school week. I ran it by my principal and he said it was a fine idea, but to make it an optional one, and make it a drop-in event. We both felt like our new folks will be very busy this week, having spent so much time last week in meetings. So with his great advice, we are sponsoring a “Back 2 School Drop-in Breakfast” for—-now here comes the best part—new faculty/staff members AND their mentors. It’s a great way to introduce newbies to the library and let them begin that important mentee/mentor relationship.
The Back2School Breakfast Drop-in Plan
We are going to serve a variety of breakfast-like finger foods, drinks, and goodies, and offer some free young adult books and a few other door prizes, including gift cards to some local stores. At the drop-in we will provide our faculty/staff library handbook and tour them around the library, helping them get acclimated to us, the library environment, and what the library program can do for student learning. What I like best about this is while I have much I want to share, I want them to be there because they want to be there. I’m hoping the incentives to come (food, free books, door prizes) will help them decide this time set aside for them is worth their attendance. (I think I’ll add to the invitation something about bringing lamination needs along!!)
We’ll see how it goes!
So there. School is off to a bang, even before our students have returned. And I’m ready. Are you?