Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians

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BY JOYCE VALENZA

“[…] beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions.

Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.)

Jennifer’s Questions:

How will you make a difference for students?

How will you make your work the answer to the priorities/problems that keep your principal up at night?

How will you use student data to make instructional and programatic decisions?

How will you measure success?How will you connect the dots between your work and student learning?

How will you share this data with your administrators and community?

How will you ensure your diverse population sees themselves in your space (as well as in your collection)?

How will you dispel negative/outdated library stereotypes?

How will you grow your PLN?

How will you help strengthen our profession by sharing your work beyond the walls of your school.

How will you make sure everyone who walks into the library sees a focus on students (instead of stuff).

Doug’s Follow Up Questions:

What new skills will you learn this year that you can teach your students and staff?

What rules can you change to make your library a more user-friendly place?

What is your library’s “purple cow?” (Boring is always the riskiest strategy – Godin)

How can you demonstrate leadership in your building?

What are you willing to take responsibility for?

What can you do to get the non-connected members of our profession* who you know connected, changing, and good representatives of the library field?

Have you asked yourself about your personal commitment to the field?

Are you still a librarian in order to make the world a better place?

Karen du Toit‘s insight:

Great way to start the new year!

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Resolutions for 2014

ImageThe International Librarians Network suggested a New Year’s resolution as point of discussion for the ILN network partners in the monthly discussions.

1. What is one new thing you want to start doing in 2014?

I have started looking out for online courses, such as MOOCs, to enhance my professional development in 2013. I want to continue doing it.

I definitely want to do the Hyperlinked Library MOOC this year! I did not make it onto the list of course participants last year, but this year I will be holding thumbs that there would be another opportunity.

I am also looking for more opportunities that comes along such as ANZ 23 Mobile Things. I learnt a great deal last year, and it is necessary to stay up to date with all the developments.

I want to work on our mobile platform for the SABC Media Libraries.

2. What is one thing you want to try doing differently in 2014?

I want to focus my efforts more with regards social media for the SABC Media Libraries.

I have to work on a social media strategy, and I have to get more help from colleagues. One of the colleagues that helped me with it, has resigned.

3. What is one thing you want to stop doing in 2014?

To not focus on obstacles and negative barriers in the workplace! It is very demotivating and hampers own professional progression.

I will focus on what should and could be done, and pay more attention to enhance my own professional development for the good of the company as well as for my own personal satisfaction!

Photo: Traffic in Aucklandpark, Johannesburg. The tall building on the skyline is my workplace.