It's strange how just a couple weeks ago, I was twiddling my thumbs waiting for Pearson Ranch to open its doors and now I want time to slow down so I can figure out the logistics of where to put everything! Pearson Ranch is bustling with activity! Deliveries are arriving daily (hourly!) at the new campus and various crews are in place to assemble furniture (thank you custodians!), check in deliveries, unpack boxes, break down cardboard...you starting to get the picture? :0)
This was a big week for the library with shelving and furniture being delivered and installed. There are so. many. shelves. ya'll! I knew we would not have shelves filled in the first year, but looking at all the empty shelves right now is daunting!
So my (former?) library assistant has been telling me for awhile now that I need to be blogging about all the cool stuff we do in the library. I do not consider myself to be a very good writer, as you will probably see as we go, but we definitely do some cool stuff and maybe someone will get an idea or two out of this. George Couros says "When you blog, you are accountable to yourself and others. Others need to hear your voice." How can I argue with that? So when I was lucky enough to land the best gig in all the land, I decided that I would attempt to blog about the process.
I actually got the job at the end of March 2017 and started soon after. This involved leaving my position that I'd had for 11 years! There were 5 folks already on staff and I made 6. You might be wondering why I had to leave my other position before the end of the school year. When you are building any kind of program from scratch, the ordering process can be pretty daunting. Imagine just a big empty room or imagine your current position. What is in your desk drawer, filing cabinet? Every roll of tape, pencil, pencil holder, pencil sharpener, hole punch (umm, did I order that?) And then factor in all the supplies that go into processing/repairing a book, not to mention all the BOOKS!
Yes, it is an amazing problem to have! I will not bore you with the details, but basically there are deadlines to spend certain pots of money and not all items can be ordered from the same pot! The most fun I've had was ordering all my new library supplies and equipment. This picture says it all, doesn't it? Another really exciting opportunity was being able to have some input into the library furniture finishes. The furniture itself had already been picked, but I had a vote in the materials, patterns and colors. This was our final color scheme, which I think will be gorgeous! Ok, ya'll, my first post is in the books!