Friday, May 29, 2009

Storybookathon




Every year my children's school has an "athon" to raise money. The children collect sponsership money, and on the "athon" day they dress up and do activities that earn them points. Their sponsers then pay up according to how many points they have gained.
This year the "athon" is the storybookathon. My son, God bless him, decided to go as Richo from Paul Jennings Lennie Lighthouse, thus requiring absolutely no dress ups at all! My daughter, however, being a Year 6 girl, is part of a group that decided to recreate L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As you can see above, this required quite a lot of dress ups!
Not being able to find a witch's costume anywhere (wrong time of year), I purchased 3 metres of cheap black cotton and 1 metre of purple and silver spiderweb netting from Spotlight, and went to work. (Luckily we had the hat from a previous Halloween.) I am proud to say that without a pattern, a sewing machine, or any sewing experience, I was able to create the masterpiece you see above! Is there no end to my talents?!?
At 11am I'll be up at the school participating in the festivities. Each class has set up a display about a story book they have read. There is a question to answer at each classroom, such as "Name Black Beauty's two best horse friends" at 3L and "How many times should the key be turned?" at 6W. Children and their parents visit each room to look at the displays and answer the questions, with students getting a point for each correct answer.
Now I must get on with some editing for the last uni assignment so I can get a bit closer to the word limit!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My View from Here

I come to librarianship from a background of happy experiences with books and libraries. In my blog entry of March 2 2009, Confession Time, I wrote about my expectations: "intellectually stimulating, and frankly, downright bliss to be surrounded by so many books!". In my entry on May 13 2009, Why I want to be a Librarian, I commented on why I felt that my personality, skills and interests were compatible with librarianship. Bear in mind, I have never worked in a library.

It was not long into the course before I came to see that the daily life of a teacher librarian involved much more than pottering about the library rearranging the shelves! I immediately resonated with Anne Olsen's forum post (2009), which began "Just now the task of a Teacher Librarian seems at once impossibly worthy and...impossible.".

How was I feeling in the face of what I was learning? Consider my February 27 2009 blog entry There's a new superhero in town!. I introduced "The Amazing and Multi-Talented Teacher Librarian" who:
  • is able to be "simultaneously across all of the curriculum",


  • has a "well-organised, attractive, up-to-date and easily utilised" collection, and a school library website that is "a work of art",

  • has a library which is "a welcoming, happy and stimulating environment with an ever-changing display of student's work",

  • is "an admired and respected leader within the school" with a "respectful and warm cooperative relationship with the school's teaching staff".

More seriously, I became aware of the competing aspects of the role of TL and how much hard work and time would be needed to fulfil them. In an ETL401 forum post (Jones, 2009-b), I commented on the difficulty of finding time for collaborative planning and teaching "in light of all their other responsibilities". In another (Jones, 2009-c), I discussed the "strain to incorporate research into the mix". In my April 19 2009 blog entry I tried to imagine life as a teacher librarian, timetabling weekly activities to move forward on each of my goals, and on April 16 2009 in Let the editing begin! I blogged about my concern in being able to live up to the role as a beginning TL.

There was always a danger that what I was learning about teacher librarianship would remain theoretical, as I am not even working in a school, let alone a school library. Despite this, I have found that much of my learning has translated into experience.

I have begun to appreciate the large role that ICT is having on librarianship, and have been making great progress with my skills. I am seeing first hand the ways that technology is shaping our access and use of information. In my April 1 2009 blog entry Techno Savvy, I happily discuss my "much more adventurous" take on computing.

ETL401 has introduced me to the concept of information literacy. I have learnt about information literacy in the context of teaching and learning, and have experienced a new awareness of my own processes. In the school context, I can see the wonderful possibilities of collaborating with teachers: "always a benefit in having another professional opinion", "TL has particular expertise in regard to information", "the library can provide a central collaboration point for staff" (Jones, 2009-d). I can also see the difficulties: "working together is seen as a challenge...Lack of leadership by principals and other experienced teachers...Lack of a common vision and mutual goals" (Jones, 2009-e).

As a mother of two school age children, I see the lack of information literacy in schools from another perspective. Teachers often fail to make their expectations clear or to teach or model the methods and skills required to complete research tasks. Consequently, students don't enjoy completing the tasks, don't learn anything from the tasks, and their products vary widely in quality. See my blog entries The Real World... March 9 2009, and Just a quick post April 3 2009 to read the whole story. In a forum post (Jones, 2009-f) I have a little rant about how parents are left to pick up the slack when research projects are set and children don't know how to complete them!

In terms of my own information process, in my blog entry Up, up and away March 19 2009, I consider the thinking skills that I use quite unconsciously, and wonder how and where I picked up these skills. In April 2 2009's entry Becoming Conscious of my Study Process, I continue on the journey of making my intuitive processes more explicit. I am becoming a better learner, as well as a better teacher.

Looking back over my blog and forum posts, I can see that at times I've had a rather idealistic view of things. There are some real difficulties facing the profession of teacher librarianship. Throughout the history of school libraries, the teacher librarian role has been under-utilised and under-appreciated (Jones, 2009-g). Schools are struggling to develop curriculum, implement initiatives and promote collaboration between teachers (Jones, 2009-h). Teacher librarians are going to have to move beyond the role of serving the school community, and into the role of leading it.

I'm not willing to let go of my optimism. I follow a blog called Skerricks, written by Ruth Buchanan. Ruth embodies my current ideal of the teacher librarian, always trying new initiatives and demonstrating enthusiasm and joy.


References

Buchanan, R. (2009) Skerricks http://skerricks.blogspot.com/

Jones, F. (2009-a) a reader's random ramblings... http://readersrandomramblings.blogspot.com/

Jones, F. (2009-b, February 26). How might class teachers and TL's see RBL differently? Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 1 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3651497&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub4_forum

Jones, F. (2009-c, May 11). Action Research. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 5 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3813308&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub8_forum

Jones, F. (2009-d, March 24). Benefit to the school if TL involved in curriculum planning. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 3 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3729563&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub6_forum

Jones, F. (2009-e, May 11). Professionals working together. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 5 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3813295&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub8_forum

Jones, F. (2009-f, April 28). my experience of (lack of) info literacy. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 4 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3792900&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub7_forum

Jones, F. (2009-g, February 26). How will the historical material inform my future career? Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 1 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3652204&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub4_forum

Jones, F. (2009-h, March 24). disadvantage to students in schools with TL excluded. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 3 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3729603&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub6_forum

Olsen, A. (2009, March 7). About the Impossible. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 1 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3681485&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub4_forum

Monday, May 25, 2009


This is a picture of the flautist Jane Rutter with the three girls that came along to her concert An Australian in Paris with me: (from left) Hannah, Etta and Denika.

An Australian in Paris was brilliant, inspiring and intimate in equal measures. We sat in the third row as Jane spoke from the heart about her experiences as a young music student in Paris, weaving French poetry and music through the story. She also included stories of artists, musicians and writers of generations past, who flourished in the hothouse environment of the Left Bank.

Jane's flute playing was, of course, spectacular, but even more impressive was the way the show wove humour and pathos together to provide a window into her passion for the arts and all things Parisian.

The girls aren't old enough to fully appreciate her story, but they were inspired by the beauty and virtuosity of her playing.

I submitted my Collection Management Policy yesterday afternoon. I spent all day polishing it, and simply couldn't stand to look at it anymore. I know there are still things I could change and improve, but sometimes you just have to say "enough is enough". Now I just have to finish the last assignment of the semester, and take a well deserved break to do some serious recreational reading!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Reflections on Assignment Writing.

As I write my assignments, what am I trying to achieve?
1. Answer the question.
2. Comprehensively examine the issues.
3. Make some insightful comments.
4. Write clearly and concisely.
5. Write something that impresses the marker.
6. Demonstrate understanding of the subject.
But perhaps I should be more interested in actually understanding the subject and asking questions about the issues.
Before beginning this course, I was unaware of "information skills models". I approached "information tasks" intuitively. If I now unpack what my process is, it would go something like this:
  • Read the question. Think: What do I know about this? What is this question really asking? What direction do I think my answer will go in? What material do I have at hand that will help me to answer this? What extra information will I need?
  • Read the material I have at hand. Make summary notes of important points and organise them in such a way as to be able to attach them to the relevant section of the question.
  • Begin to map out my answer. Think: What parts of my argument are missing? What extra information do I need to make my argument clear and well supported? Does my answer flow? have a structure? make sense to the reader?
  • Begin to write my essay. Read over what I've already written constantly, editing to change phrases or words as I go. Make slow progress as I reread and edit every few minutes.
  • Keep writing, rereading, editing...
  • Finally it is finished. Step away from the computer.
  • Look again at the essay. Reread it critically. Edit, edit, edit.
  • Submit essay when I can no longer stand to look at it any more.

As I read through this, I realise that once I start writing, I have set my course. Though I edit, edit, edit, I never go back to the question, or seriously reevaluate my argument. Interesting...

In other news, the renovation pace has slowed considerably. Basically the kitchen cannot proceed until we have the new bench top. Chris needs to get up into the roof to fix up some pipes for the laundry, I'm not sure if that is something he is planning to get to on the weekend. Also the external brickwork needs to be done, but it's not exactly the weather for that! After a disturbed night with heavy rain and gales, I said to Chris this morning, (tentatively) "You might want to go out and check the tarp.". Thankfully he was able to report that everything was safe and dry.

I'm going to see Jane Rutter's "An Australian in Paris" tomorrow night. I'm taking my flute students and their mothers. It's been a very long time since I've done something like this - something that I want to do and will enjoy, without reference to my husband or children.

What we're reading:

Chris: recipe books. He's cooking dinner for our weekly get together with my sister's family and is choosing something lovely to cook.

Me: Dean Koontz Life Expectancy - grabbed it at the library when I was there getting some books for Josh.

Alana: Stephenie Meyer Twilight - has just started it to see if it grabs her.

Josh: (sorry don't have author at hand) Lab rats in space - one of the books I chose for him at the library. I read the back and it sounded like something he'd like!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I have been exploring the world of book review blogs. There are a lot of people out there that are doing a great job with really interesting takes on reviewing. In comparison, my attempts to move in the reviewing direction are pretty lame so far, but I'm not discouraged! I'm looking and learning and getting ideas, and I'm sure that over time this blog will be shaped into the wonderful place that I am imagining!
I'm really pushing to get to the end of my two uni assignments as soon as possible now. I'm relatively happy with what I've written, but I'm just a bit sick of them, and the subject material now. I'm almost ready to move on to new subjects!
I love the picture of the breaking wave that I've included in this post. The pale minty colour of the water makes me feel like I can almost taste it!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Book Reviews

Slowly but surely I'm making progress with my idea for a book list/ review list. I follow some blogs (check out my blog list), and this particular post from one of my favourites seemed very timely!
Also while browsing my all time favourite blog (skerricks) I found a post titled "What to read after Twilight". So I'm going to post a link to the booklist in my "guestbook". You'll have to visit it if you're a Twilight fan needing another fix of bloodsucking romance!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Feeling Flat

I have been working hard the last few days on getting my assignments to an "almost finished" stage. With both of them due so close together, I'm not able to fully complete one, then go on to the other, which would be my usual preference for working.
I have completed the draft of the 503 collection management policy. I have now set it aside for a few days, hoping that when I read through it again I will have fresh eyes and will be able to whip it into shape to submit.
I have also written a draft for part a of 401, comparing 3 information skills models. I am way over budget with my word count, and have been having trouble expressing what I want to say. But at least it's "on paper" (so to speak) and I'll be able to rework it after the 503 assignment is submitted. I've also started planning part b of 401, the evaluation of the professional standards for teacher librarians.
All this heavy work has left me feeling drained and flat. After posting here, I'm going to relax for the evening so I have the energy to get up and do it all again tomorrow. I've got a lot of work (non-uni, the paying type!) tomorrow which will be tiring, so I need to prepare myself. I'm not one of those people with boundless energy that can just go and go and go. I have to pace myself.
I must say, I'm a bit disappointed that noone has "signed my guestbook" yet. I really do feel quite excited about the idea of collecting book reviews and all the follow on options it will give me. I could feature "Book of the Month" or "Reviewer of the Month" or post Top 10 Lists of books reviewed on my blog.
I know I have a very small blog readership, and everyone is busy with their assignments. So I completely understand why I have no responses yet. But I will be awfully excited when I finally have one!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Can't blog now, I'm supposed to be doing my assignment! But check this out LOL! I must have a look at http://www.booklistonline.com when I get the chance.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trying Something Else!

If you're enjoying reading about my adventures with technology and how I'm experimenting with it, you might enjoy this.

Just trying something!

Very intrigued to see if this works! I am certainly branching out and becoming oh-so-clever with by blogging!!!
Click here to visit a post on Roy and Lynn's blog about digital libraries.
Click here to visit a post on Penny's blog about The Tme Traveller's Wife.

But I don't want to learn a new language!

Have run into a bit of a hitch with the book review idea. To cut a long story short, I have been playing with the html code for the layout of my blog - with no success!
Now since starting this course, I have become MUCH more adventurous when it comes to technology. I'm loving the blogging, and actually felt excited and optimistic about customising my blog to serve a new purpose. But I think I've now hit the wall - of all the many and varied subjects that I'm interested in learning about, html code is NOT one of them! I really can't get enthused about tinkering about behind the scenes of my blog speaking to my computer in a foreign language. In fact, I'm still one of those people who wish voice and language recognition software would progress to the stage where you could yell and swear at your computer and it would understand you!
Anyway, I'm going to have a read through some of my fellow students' blogs to see what's going on for them while I wait to get a reply to my help request from blogger.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Great Idea!

Last night, lying in bed, I had a wonderful idea. Why not make my blog useful, rather than just a random set of ramblings about varied topics? And what better way to make it useful, than to collect reading lists of books recommended for adults (for me) and children (for the kids)! I could start collecting lists of recommended reads, with reviews, and invite blog readers to add their own reviews or comments, or suggest other books. Hooray! I'm feeling quite excited!
Will start small and work out the details as I go...
Today I received an old (August 2008 - not that old!) copy of Reading Time, a review journal for children's books. Looked through the "younger readers" reviews, because both my children seem to be in that category. (They are 8 1/2 and 11, and the "older readers" category seems to be more high school/teen oriented.) So here we go:
Oddball by Janeen Brian
Heart of Magic by Penny Matthews
Jinxed by Jill McDougall
Going for Broke by Meg McKinlay
Black Baron by Robyn Opie
Sucked In by John Parker
Queasy Rider by James Roy
The Great Shave by Clare Scott
These are a series published by Walker which are "sure to be winners" and "well worth buying for the library". They are recommended for ages 8 - 14 years. The title that appeals to me is Sucked In! The cover of Queasy Rider is shown, it has a funky yellow/orange background with a cool looking boy on a bike shown in silhouette. Seems appealing to me!
Any readers who have personal experience with these titles, please comment!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why I want to be a Librarian.

I thought long and hard before embarking on a career change that included two years of masters level study. Before starting this course, I really believed that I would enjoy, and be good at, being a librarian. Notice that I say librarian, not teacher librarian. It was never my intention to focus on working in a school library. My interest lay more in the direction of public libraries, or even specialist libraries in museum settings or similar. I chose this course because it was the best course to give me options for future work situations.
Why did I think I'd enjoy working in a library?
I don't mind working alone, pottering about doing my thing. I imagined that, while dealing with clients and colleagues, a librarian would have a lot of solo tasks to get on with. I don't mind organisational, routine tasks. I have been in lots of libraries, and seen librarians and library techs in action. None of the tasks seemed boring to me, I thought it might be quite relaxing to process loans and shelve books etc. I really enjoy being in libraries, and thought that an important factor in job satisfaction is to enjoy your work environment.
People like me. I seem to be approachable, have a nice smile, be easy to talk to, helpful and optimistic. I think library clients would like to be served by me! I think my colleagues would find me easy to work with, efficient, and not a complainer. I'm good with kids. I love to sing, read aloud, do actions and funny voices. I think I'd be great at story time!
I'm genuinely interested in learning new things. I like to read widely, and I like to extend into new areas of knowledge. I'm one of those people who is forever saying, "I read something interesting the other day...". People are often amazed at the varied trivia that I know! I just like finding out about stuff. I think a library is a good place for me, I have the opportunity to keep learning and share my knowledge with others.
So...I know this post sounds a bit arrogant, like I think quite a lot of myself! But I don't mean it that way. I'm just trying to express how I feel about making librarianship my career, and use this journal to work through what I'm thinking and feeling.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I've always loved books, libraries and reading. I have lots of happy memories of these, and would like to share some...
As a child, my bedroom had a bookcase containing old paperbacks of my mother's, like Milly Molly Mandy, Mr Galliano's Circus and Little Women. It also held the complete set of the 1975 edition of Childcraft: The How and Why Library. I used to wake early, hop out of bed to choose a book, then snuggle back down under the covers to read until it was time to get up for the day. As the years went on, my younger brother and sister learnt that if they woke early they could tiptoe down the hallway and get into bed with me, and I would read aloud to them.
A childhood favourite of mine was the Trixie Beldon series. I was terribly disappointed that my own life was so uninteresting in comparison to Trixie's, who used to stumble over mysteries at every turn! Similarly Nancy Drew left my life looking remarkably boring.
Our nearest public library was a 20 minute drive away, and library visits were special occasions. My mother had a big wicker basket that she brought to the library with us. We children would browse through the childrens section and put the books we chose into the basket. When the basket was full we'd borrow the books and head home with our new treasures. The library basket was kept in the hallway at home, we'd chose one book at a time to read, and take it into our bedrooms to put beside our beds. When we'd finished that book, we'd replace it in the basket and choose another.
Interestingly, I don't have any memories of my parents reading, either for themselves or aloud to us. I know there was a bookcase in the loungeroom, but it seemed more of a museum piece than something that was continually added to. As I got older I ventured onto its shelves, which contained The Female Eunich, Shirley Maclaine's autobiographies (past lives and astral travel!) among others.
During my school days, a local library branch was built near my house. My school organised a special excursion to the library, where we were shown around and allowed to get library cards. The days of the library basket were over! As I got older, I remember photocopying from Encyclopaedia Brittanica in the reference section for school projects, and reading old copies of Dolly magazine on the comfy lounges for the Dolly Doctor section!
Moving ahead in time, during my early days of motherhood, my local public library was a lifesaver! Long days at home alone with a newborn, my husband commuting to work 6 days a week, I learnt to balance a book so that I could read while breastfeeding (my firstborn took an hour to feed at first, and fed every 2-3 hours!). Every week I'd exchange my books for another set, working my way through the John Grisham's and then the Patricia Cornwall's.
When my first was about 2, I started attending "Story Time" at the local library, for songs, stories and craft. As my son was born soon after, he attended basically from birth. Now at 8 1/2 and 11 years old, my children love books and libraries. And bookshops! (A very expensive exercise for me to venture into Borders with them!) My daughter is currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in preparation for the release of the movie on July 16th. (I read the whole series aloud to my children over some months at a rate of about a chapter a night.) My son is a fan of Captain Underpants, and also loves to read non-fiction about space, spiders, volcanoes and dinosaurs. I call him my budding scientist!
I think I might stop this reminiscing for now, possibly there will be more another time.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Twilight Mums

Check out the latest Skerricks post (see my blog list) re middle aged mums taking over their teenaged daughter's reading material.

I am one of said mums (though I don't think I'm quite middle aged!) who has been letting her inner teenager run riot with Edward fantasies! My daughter has just turned 11 and is not into Twilight (yet), she imagines that it will be too scary! I have passed on my well worn copies to two friends, both with 12 year old daughters who have been fighting their mums for the books!
I was interested to read that teenage girls didn't enjoy the fourth installment Breaking Dawn so much because (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Bella and Edward had to grow up and become responsible (marriage and parenthood). I actually enjoyed the fourth book the most. So maybe I'm not as much of a teenager as I thought I was.
Re-watched the (Twilight) movie on Saturday night. Not nearly as satisfying as the book, and yet I can't wait for the next movie! Go figure...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Reno Update

Water, water everywhere...

Chris has put his "plumber's hat" on now. Thursday night he turned off the water and started pulling apart the kitchen. When I got up Friday morning the new sink was in and the dishwasher was in place (though not working because another trip to Bunnings was required for parts). Friday night he got the dishwasher installed and working. When I woke up this morning (Saturday), Chris said, "You can't have a shower because the hot water system blew up." He wasn't happy. Now he is busily installing our brand new $766 hot water system. Fun for all!
I have been reading about the Big6 and PLUS models of information skills/process, but I'm trying not to get too involved until I've finished writing my collection management policy. Am feeling uninspired by the "Standards of Professional Excellence for Teacher Librarians". Why? Not sure...

Thursday, May 7, 2009


I have been frustrated this week because I haven't been getting as much uni work done as I would like to. It feels like nothing has gone quite to plan, and it's been hard to find some uninterrupted time to focus on writing.

But I've decided now to put those negative thoughts behind me. It is what it is, I've decided just to accept it and move forward from here.


I've been working on my collection management policy, and I think it's going OK! I feel like some sections almost write themselves. For example, there is a lot of agreement in the literature I've read about appropriate selection criteria, so I don't feel like I've got to reinvent the wheel.


When I read back over what I've written and edit, I must remember to check that I'm being appropriately professional and critical in my writing. The feedback from my first assignment indicated that I could have benefitted from being less descriptive and more critical, so I must work on that.


I promised regular readers that they'd hear about dishwashers, so here we go...


I've never had a dishwasher. I've never minded washing up. But friends of mine (who have dishwashers) have told me that once I have one, I'll never go back! If you've been reading, you'll know that my husband has been busily renovating our house with a view to updating the kitchen, among other improvements. It's going really well, (picture above), and I now have a dishwasher (still in its box) waiting to be installed. Last night my husband was demolishing away happily in the kitchen and asked, "How many days can you do without a sink?", a scary question if ever I heard one!
I also promised some talk about Twilight, but that will have to wait for another day.


I am loving reading Skerricks! Check it out - follow the link in my blog list. Ruth is so entertaining to read, and so full of great ideas. She has enthusiasm for life - especially her work and the kids she teaches. Very inspiring! (And she doesn't take herself seriously!)

Monday, May 4, 2009

I feel utterly exhausted. I've had a big day, and just thinking about what else I have to do before I go to bed makes me tired!
The kids had a pupil free day today (which is always fun for Mums who like to make use of their child-free days to do housework, run errands, plan lessons and study!). I had (foolishly) made a hairdressing appointment before I realised that the kids would be at home. So the kids got left at home alone (together) for a couple of hours for the first time ever.
Then, of course, Monday is the day that I change the sheets and towels, give the bathroom and floors a once over, and generally give the house the once over. And I had a mountain of washing up to do because we had been out all day yesterday and had somehow neglected to wash up! (No, I don't have a dishwasher...yet.)
But the real kicker was when, after going outside to ride their bikes in the cul-de-sac, my children arrived back at the front door limping and wailing after colliding and both coming off their bikes. Fun, fun, fun! My son is fine, but my daughter has managed to achieve massive grazes to her thigh, knee and shin. No dancing for her tonight! (And a trip to the chemist for me, as we didn't have any dressings big enough.)
So here I am, blogging my little heart out before I jump back into it - a maths student here at 5.30pm, then cooking dinner and getting the kids off to bed (is there anything good on TV tonight?).
Tomorrow the kids have their cross country carnival (can't see Alana being able to run) and Alana is supposed to be auditioning with the school dance group for the combined schools dance concert (???). I will be at the carnival cheering the kids on like many other mums, dads and other assorted relatives. I suspect that Alana will come good in time to audition (I know her well).
All in all, nothing in the way of study is happening today or tomorrow. It's amazing how easily the days and weeks melt away and suddenly a deadline is staring you in the face.
Next time I'll blog about dishwashers, Twilight and maybe even some insights with regard to collection management or information process models (if you're lucky!).

Friday, May 1, 2009

A pinch and a punch.



May already!!!

I am heading up to the local public school to chat the the TL in a few minutes, to get some data for a rough and ready evaluation of the library collection. Not being actually in the library, I don't have any feel for the size, quality, age or circulation of the collection, and I feel like I really do need to have something concrete before writing a collection management policy.

I have been feeling a bit unmotivated this week (deadlines still too far away!!!) but am still making progress on both the remaining assignments for this semester. Am getting a bit sick of the subject matter now, and have looked ahead to what the names of my next semester subjects are to get an idea of what I'll be studying next. Teacher Librarian as Leader sounds ominous (!) but Information Environment has possibilities!