Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Welcome 2011!

A very Happy New Year to you all! Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I had a lovely break but it really is hard to believe that we've only been back a week. The three days I worked last week seemed to last an eternity. I guess it's always the same when you go back to work after a holiday.

So new term, new exciting things! We found out yesterday that we are being inspected by Ofsted again! Only a small check up this time but we've got an emergency meeting next week to make sure we are all prepared. Such fun as Miranda's mum would say!

Exam season is upon us and the students are in a frenzy of panic studying and freaking out. If they'd actually spent some time last term perparing they wouldn't need to panic but hey! No use pointing that out to them. They won't listen and the same thing will happen this summer. As a little added bonus, March madness seems to have gripped them early and they've taken to moving books around the shelves. It is rather annoying but not the end of the World. Let's just hope they get bored with that game and move on to something else.

Having Mondays off seems to be working a treat. I've managed to get through quite a bit of the module I'm working on and I hope to be finished with it by the end of Jan beginning of Feb. Can't wait! If I never have to read another management textbook I will be very happy. It has been interesting but I can't think that I will use more than 20% of the stuff I've learnt.

I've been working on a few projects lately that are keeping me busy. I'm working on compiling a booklet of information for students on referencing, researching and other study tips that they need to know. All the teachers seem to be using different methods and it's leaving the students confused. I'm hoping that I can get a group of people together to work on this booklet and create some sort of consensus across the College on the information that we give to students. So far the idea has been popular with teachers. I think they even find referencing confusing sometimes.

So that's been quite fun. I've also been working on putting together some resources for the English Department. At the moment I'm making a folder with articles on the books and plays they are studying. It's mostly for the stretch and challenge students but hopefully will be useful to all the students studying English.

This weekend I am booking my ticket to New Orleans for the ALA conference. I am really excited. The ALA do some amazing things and I can't wait to be able to attend all the workshops and discussions. I'm also looking forward to meeting my Library comic idols Gene and Bill who write Unshelved ( www.unshelved.com ). I feel like such a Library nerd but I don't care. Susan and I have been looking at various hotels to stay in and some of them are totally mad but sound quite fun.

Anyway, to end today's post I want to share something with you. These wonderful people - Wikiman, Jan, Andromeda and Justin - are trying to buy a Library for a village in India. I would urge you all to have a look at this as it is something that is very important and can help a lot of people. Through Good Gifts you can also buy a donkey drawn book Library for people in Africa. This is a very worthy cause.

Right! Off to kick the kids out now and head home!