by Scottie Kapel, former head editor, INALJ Oregon
previously published 1/24/14
New Year’s Resolutions in the Library
I typically forgo making New Year’s Resolutions simply because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. However, now that I’m finally in my career and have a few months in the job under my belt, I can pinpoint areas that I would like to improve, and so I have made a small list of library-related resolutions.
1. Learn patrons’ names – I like to greet students by name as they enter the library, and I have learned many of their names, especially those of the students I see everyday. Ideally, though, I would like to know them all.
2. Help the students learn my name – Although they see me everyday, there are very few students who know my name simply because I don’t interact with them in the same way that their teachers do. When they ask for help or get my attention by saying, “excuse me,” I want to take that opportunity to introduce myself to the student so that from that point forward they can address me by name.
3. Get out of the library – The first semester was such a whirlwind that I ended up eating my lunch in the library every day and left the building only to pick up the mail. If I can drag myself out of the library for lunch or even a ten-minute walk around campus, I think I will feel more refreshed for the afternoon.
4. Get a LitPick group started – When I came back from the AASL conference with oodles of galleys, the book club students with whom I shared them were so excited to be, as they called themselves, “literary trendsetters.” Based on their enthusiasm, I really want to sponsor a LitPick group. It would be a wonderful way to get the students’ input on which books we should get for the library, thus giving the participants a stake in the library’s impact on the school.
So there you have it. Those are my goals for 2014, which I think are pretty attainable. What are yours?