Conference time!

NCSLMA annual conference is this week! We have awesome speakers, authors, vendors. We get to see much missed friends. We get to talk library talk and know everyone will understand!

A ton of effort goes on behind the scenes making this event a happening. Many associations have a paid administrative assistant and may even have a director. NCSLMA is run 100% by volunteers. These volunteers are active in their own libraries and give enormous amounts time to help improve our profession. Thanks to their efforts, we have an exceptional organization to represents us! I want to especially thank Brene Duggins, president-elect and conference chair, and Sedley Abercrombie, president. I’ve learned so much from both and am looking forward to serving with them again next year.

This year, NCSLMA, AASL, and NCLA all have vendor booths. Please stop by and say hello!

ncslma conference 2017



Back in the library – Student Edition!

Last year was my first at Old Town Global Academy. We spent a lot (did I say A LOT) of time working on procedures and routines. That had a huge payoff semester 2 with quick reviews and lots of action.

I did wonder how much time I’d need to spend getting us back up to par this year. We reviewed procedures. Did they remember them? They did. We practiced movement around the library. Did they move correctly? They did! Bingo! Every 1st – 5th grade class got to spend some time in stations for their first class of the year.


This year, we are going to add components from Ron Clark’s 55 to the mix. Can’t wait to see the results!

Back to School! The Prequel.

I love the start of school! I love seeing my educator friends and getting back into a regular routine. I love the organization and planning. I LOVE seeing the kids again!

So just what does back to school look like for a school librarian?

  • Meetings – lots of meetings. Some on campus, some off. Some are online. Some I don’t have to go to, but they are in the library, so I am kind in those too. We meet as a whole school, we meet as librarians, we meet as specialists, we meet as smaller groups of librarians, we meet to talk about curriculum & schedules. We meet as a district. Don’t laugh!IMG_1473
    • The district meeting is something I rarely look forward to only because it takes more time away from the library. BUT we always have a fabulous speaker and this year was no different. Ron Clark is incredibly inspiring – he’s innovative and practical.
  • Prepping for open house.
  • Putting up some bulletin boards.
  • Equipment & technology – lots of things have to be checked out to staff. Computers, carts, iPads, and calculators.
  • Packing and unpacking materials. We get all kinds of items over the summer or the first week of school.
    • This year, we got 160 new chromebooks to be unpacked and distributed.
    • Old laptops were gathered  and packed up  so they can be taken off campus.
    • Broken and deprecated technology was gathered and inventoried. Arrangements made for it to be removed.
    • Curriculum materials from different departments come through the library.
  • Cataloging – some of that stuff we unpacked has to be cataloged BEFORE it can go to its new home at school.
  • Helping teachers find books and get equipment. Batteries? Yes, we have those!
  • Lesson planning and scheduling (and rescheduling) of classes, as well as long-range plans.
  • Planning a few back-to-school surprises for the teachers.
  • Ordering books, equipment, and supplies.
  • Dealing with glitches – We lost internet the day of open house – all day. I missed an online meeting, and there was no cataloging, no emails. There were scheduling /planning issues because of that. We have an amazing tech staff though. They found the problem and got things back up and running before there was a day two of craziness.
  • Last, but by no means least, setting up the library for classes.

*whew* Taking a deep breath for round two of back-to-school. The arrival of Old Town students!

Stations in the library

The library should be a place of wonder and excitement. I think it should be very different from everywhere else students go. But there are some definite organizational issues involved with seeing classes all day long, allowing for continuous open check-out, and maintaining your sanity. Enter stations as a sanity saver. First. You have to […]

Seeing my name

If you have an unusual name like I do, you know that the chances of seeing your name somewhere, anywhere in print is slim to none. Ok, I do see it, but not as a name. More likely it's associate with an extremely famous spider or a small dotted bikini. So imagine my surprise when reading Alan Gratz's Refugee that "Bitsy" appeared. I had to do a double-take – triple even. Sure enough! There it is in print! So what if it's a stuffed rabbit!

Summer is on the decline

For the last several years, I’ve written a “what I did on my summer vacation” post. Mainly to show that it’s no 3 month vacay. (And 3 months!? Really?) So here goes.

  • Week long training at UNCG for clinical teachers.
  • Had my “read and ride” donors choose grant funded.
  • Went through the TED-X application process. (Accepted btw)
  • PD on Exploring NC Digitally. Thanks to NCSLMA.
  • Worked on campus about 20 days. I lost track. I was in more than I intended.
  • Wrote 2 math books for Carson Dellosa – a 4th and a 5th. This took up the majority of summer.
  • Went to the mountains for a few days with my girlfriends.
  • Attended multiple meetings for school or NCSLMA.
  • Applied for an admin program and scheduled a retirement meeting. The coupling of these two is bizarre, but I’m planning for every contingency. Mwahahaha

What I planned but didn’t do:

  • Rework my school web page.
  • Practice my Spanish.
  • Plan like a library demon.
  • Read a book a week. I read, but . . .
  • Exercise like I wanted. I did but it was not at the level I planned.

The math books threw things off plan, but will pay for my new grad school endeavors.

What I worked in just because it was summer:

  • I ate watermelon. Pure ambrosia.
  • I went to the pool.
  • I napped.
  • I watched some Netflix.

Not an overly exciting time in my life, but bunches accomplished. And I got to spend some time (not enough) with old and new friends!