May 8, 2010

My New Library!



Haven't been blogging much because I'm in the middle of shifting a lot of gears.  Being finished with grad school has been a strange experience.  I thrived on it and while I'm extremely pleased to be finished, I'm already missing it in some ways.

But I've enjoyed the last week with these two people I've been told are my family.  Nice to get to know them again!

I think the transition from my grad school self to my librarian self is best summed up by My Lovely Bride who has changed my nickname.  While in grad school I mentioned how I seemed to always have my hand up and have something to say in class, so she called me Hermione.

Now it's Marion, Madam Librarian.

Nice.  (I guess it's just as well she hasn't seen this clip!)

The video above is a brief glimpse at the library I'm inheriting.  I could go on at length about what I see here, but I won't (for now).  Feel free to add any comments or suggestions!

I do, however, want to go on at a bit of length at the wonderfulness of my predecessor.  Leanette Spencer graduated from the same program at UGA I am graduating from and has worked incredibly hard to make some vast improvements in access and teaching in this little library.  She's moving on to open up a beautiful new facility in the same district and I'm so happy to have her as a colleague and new friend.  She is doing amazing things to ensure a smooth transition and I know not everyone is as lucky as I am to have someone like this making such a great effort.  She's even offered to meet me over the summer in the library to help me in any way I may need!  Our principals gave us permission to spend the day together yesterday and it was, to this nerd, much like when Picard got to hang out with Kirk.  Two captains of the Enterprise geeking out over the opportunities and unique challenges afforded only to them.  It's been a pleasure getting to know her and will be an honor following her example.


8 comments:

Christine said...

How exciting! Enjoy your library and new found family time.

C.B. James said...

That library looks wonderful! I'm a bit jealous. I always wanted to be a librarian myself. We don't have them anymore in my district. They've all been laid off. We have a clerk who runs check in and check out but as good as she is, she's not a librarian.

I think you're very lucky and I think you're going to have lots of fun.

Harrell Elizabeth said...

WOW! I new home for you and I can imagine your passion. They are lucky to have you and you are lucky to have transitional help. Maybe you can help her on some level at her new library this summer. You go, Marion!

Jim Randolph said...

Christine,

I'M enjoying the family time. Although THEY might be getting tired of hearing about the new library...

C.B.,
Thanks so much! I can't believe it's really true. I can't wait.

H.E.,
Thanks, and I've offered to help her any way she needs it--especially setting up a new website for her library.

Kathy Martin said...

Congratulations! How many students and what grades will you be working with? Fixed or flexible schedule? Just media or technology too? Details, please.

Peaceful Reader said...

It's a nice looking library. Congratulations! It sounds like a lot of changes are coming down and no matter what, you'll be having fun! As you said-"a kid in a candy story..." Perfect job description!

toni said...

Is it wrong that all I care about right now is replacing those horrible plaid couches? Anyway, congratulations on your new home away from home! And I hope that whatever your next move is that you get a male nickname finally.

Jim Randolph said...

toni,

I love you for saying out loud what we were all thinking. They're so NOT kid friendly. But they're the only non-institutional seating so I'll have to live with them until I can afford hipper furnishings. Maybe an IKEA trip is in my near future...