I’ve made a variety of New Year’s resolutions in my life….some of them successful (taking better care of my mental health) and some not very (see various failed exercising attempts). The most successful “resolutions” I made weren’t even New Year’s resolutions, but goals I set for myself. Since it’s that time of year, I thought I’d take a look and see how things were going.
In March of 2006, I set the following goals:
1. Figure out Library 2.0
2. Get involved in local and maybe national associations
3. Find out about the Alumni Board
4. Learn about web/electronic services librarian positions
- Well, I’m not sure anyone can really “figure out Library 2.0”, but I’d say I’ve done about as well as most of the librarians I know. I’ve helped quite a few librarians around the state figure out this “Web 2.0” thing as well.
- I’d say I’ve pretty much blown this one out of the water…I’ve been incredibly active in several state library associations, and I’ve been pretty involved in NMRT (ALA) stuff as well. I’ve learned that I enjoy the state level stuff much more than the national level, so I’ll be focusing more on that for a while. I’m not dropping my ALA membership, but I’ll be exploring more options there to find a better fit for me.
- Since these goals were the result of an Alumni Day at my library school, this made sense at the time. I’ve since learned some things about the Alumni Board that have made me change my mind. I also haven’t really had time to pursue this, since #2 went so well.
- Again, hit this one out of the park. I’m now an Electronic Resources librarian. Is it all I thought it would be? Maybe not, but it’s where I am, and I’ve made the decision to stay here for a few years longer. I’ve enjoyed it, and it’s certainly been a challenge (and still is). I’m just not sure it’s where I want to be forever.
It’s now been over four years since I set those goals. I’d say it’s time for some new ones!
- Get a second master’s in instructional technology or non-profit leadership.
- Find a better fit for me in ALA, if there is one.
- Continue to be active in statewide library activities.
- Find more opportunities to teach or train.
I’m not going to say that I’ll be a better, more consistent blogger in the new year. That’s just not me. At least not right now. It’s just not the most comfortable way for me to interact online. I much prefer FriendFeed (and Twitter), so if you’d like to hang out virtually, you can find me there.