Library stuff

This post is one I started around New Years, I suppose. Never finished it, but in reading it again, seemed like a good thing to post.

 The SCASL conference is VERY close now (9 days?). I hope I have planned a conference that others will leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the school year. We have some exciting “new” things going on that I hope go over well. I have really learned so much during the planning of this conference. I’m not saying it’s “changed” me in any way, but I’ve learned alot…I can’t wait to see everyone. I’ll be posting updates on the SCASL Blogs! page throughout the week of all the groovy stuff we have planned. Stay tuned!


Professionally, 2007 has been a good year. I’m hoping that 2008 will be a great year.

I’ve done a lot-

1. Became President Elect of SCASL

2. Started planning a conference for SCASL (which will continue into 2008, of course)

3. Taught a course at USC

4. Acted as Chair of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies Alumni Society

5. Presented countless times to various groups: new teachers in my district, a workshop at ETV, at conferences, to library school classes/students, administration in my district, teachers in my school…my students, of course (little ones at DFES and big ones at USC)

6. Became part of a group working on the ELA support document for the updated academic standards

So much!

A goal for 2008 is going to be to do a few things well instead of a whole lot of things okay. Perhaps others feel like I do all of these things well, but I need to focus. What I’ve listed above is pretty much what will still be going on in 2008, but I’m going to try really hard not to add anything else. What is it about librarians that makes us want to do everything? All of my library friends are this way. We want to do it all!


About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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1 Response to Library stuff

  1. hloy says:

    Val, you are so right! I think it’s the librarian gene that has us always trying to accommodate everyone even if it stretches us too thin. We want to do so much, but need to learn our limits. Its extremely hard for me to tell anyone “no” so I take on more than I should. But it’s also true that we tend to multi-task and organize to help make things easier for us. We get excited about so many things and want to contribute and make our schools, students, teachers, profession, not necessarily a better place, but one that strives to continually improve! In case you don’t hear it enough, thanks for all you’re doing for SCASL and in turn for me!

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