Monday, August 8, 2011
On being new
Questions abound. What the heck do all these acronyms mean? Am I on this committee? Where is this room located? What do I wear?
And even more odd, how do I check out books with this different circulation system? How do I place a hold for a student? Will teachers want to work with me? Will kids want to come to the library?
Because I've been in education a few decades (ahem!) and I've been a librarian a couple of these, I'm able to step back and realize it will be ok. But I have had to talk myself off the ledge a couple of times.
The point of this post? Find the new person on your campus and show him/her around. Any insider tips you can offer? Seek them out at lunch and invite them to go with you (because that icky middle school fear of eating alone has reared its ugly head again for new folks). Take them under your wing.
The great thing about being new is it's exciting. How can I grow from this experience? Who can I learn from this? What can I contribute?
I once read that in a new job we have 60 days to see things with fresh eyes. After that, we're part of the system. While that's kind of comforting to think my anxiety is short term, it's also challenging. How much can I take in during these two months? What plans can I set in motion?
So hey, new kids, we'd better get going. The countdown has started!
Best of luck for a great year!