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Resolve to Rock in 2015!

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Storytime Underground is encouraging children’s librarians to Resolve to Rock in 2015! I used to choke when it came to goal setting when I started out my career. I’ve had some practice over the years and have a list of ideas you can use:

The Early Years For those of you new to the field, start out slow! You’ll be facing difficult challenges each day. You shouldn’t have the added stress of completing additional goals on top of learning the job. Try some of these out:

  • Learn and assist the planning and implementing of storytime (you can even be specific with an age group)
  • Learn and assist the planning and implementing of after school programs (again, choose an age group to focus on)
  • Learn and perform all tasks of the children’s librarian position
  • Learn how to tell a flannel board story
  • Learn how to develop a storytime curriculum
  • Learn the state preschool curriculum, school age curriculum, Common Core, and STEM/STEAM
  • Learn the school schedule
  • Learn what times are most busy for future preparation of programs
  • Learn how to order, process, catalog materials
  • Learn how to run reports
  • Develop a playlist for storytimes
  • Survive your first summer reading program

The Intermediate Years OK, now you have the basics under your belt. You can focus on targeting some key programs or collections in your library:

  • Strengthen and expand the summer reading program (you can add an age-specific program)
  • Implement an outreach program (whether it’s preschool storytime outreach monthly, or a book exchange with middle school students)
  • Strengthen the way we publicize and talk about storytimes (Do your parents know the value of storytimes? Do you include the state preschool curriculum? Do you use ECRR?)
  • Strengthen the way we publicize and talk about school age programs (Do your parents know about how important reading aloud is? Books in the home? Do you include STEM/STEAM? Core?)
  • Incorporate crafts into your outreach programs
  • Plan and execute lending materials to schools
  • Develop passive programs for children who visit the library when you’re out of the office
  • Develop a monthly schedule of displays to increase circulation (you can even focus on a specific collection: non-fiction, beginning readers, picture books, storytime books, etc.)
  • Plan funding for a diecut machine to assist with craft preparation
  • Create school age programming on half-days, vacation days, and professional development days
  • Create a partnership with someone from the school (or parks and rec, or museum, etc.)
  • Join Storytime University! Complete tasks ranging from Attend a Conference, to Write a Guest Blog Post.

The Seasoned Years You can plan and execute storytime and school age programs in your sleep. Here are some ideas to spruce up your children’s department:

  • Develop the flannel board collection for storytimes and outreach
  • Update the Unattended Children’s Policy
  • Plan and seek funding for programs
  • Train staff
  • Evaluate programs and modify based on the conclusions
  • Design new library cards
  • Move the collection to increase circulation/ease for patrons
  • Weed the collection
  • Develop fundraising
  • Plan and execute literacy bags
  • Seek funding for furniture to update your children’s room
  • Seek funding to recover classics in the collection that need a facelift
  • Collaborate with schools to setup a bus stop for programs
  • Write a grant to purchase special needs equipment for children’s programs

Professional Goals Now it’s your turn to teach newbies in the field, and those looking for inspiration:

  • Publish an article sharing your expertise
  • Be a guest blogger for Thrive Thursday or Flannel Friday or Storytime Underground
  • Start a blog
  • Write a proposal for your state library conference
  • Write a proposal for a webinar
  • Make a coffee date with a library colleague you admire
  • Post a comment on a blog from an idea you’ve used
  • Write a letter to the editor of School Library Journal or Horn Book
  • Join a Facebook Group
  • Join a conversation on Twitter

How do you plan to rock in 2015?

10 comments on “Resolve to Rock in 2015!

  1. Brittany Cole
    December 31, 2014

    Thank you for the motivation! I’ve been needing direction and at extra push to get me through next year!

  2. librerin
    December 31, 2014

    What a great list! Thanks for sharing!

    • mrsshaia
      January 1, 2015

      Thanks for commenting. Now I have to narrow down my choices this year!

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  4. berasche
    January 5, 2015

    This is such a great list! I really appreciate how you broke down each career stage. Thank you!

  5. Kendra
    January 10, 2015

    This is really amazing, Lisa! It’s incredible to see it laid out like that. And such a good reminder to us all that we can’t do all the things right away, or at any time. We each have an entire career to accomplish goals-they don’t all need to happen in year one. Thank you!

    • mrsshaia
      January 11, 2015

      I keep this list and a list of grant ideas kicking around. I also say at the end of the year, “There’s always next year.” (Or is it the Red Sox I say that about?!)

    • mrsshaia
      January 11, 2015

      I keep this list and a list of grant ideas kicking around. I always say at the end of the year, “There’s always next year.” (Or is it the Red Sox I say that about?!)


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