Linda Braun just wrote a nice article on hot topics found on the YALSA blog for 2008. The end of the year is always a great time to take stock on what has happened and dream of the way you would like things to be. While you are setting goal for your personal life, don’t forget to make some goals for your professional life, as well.

Here are my librarian resolutions for 2008

  • I resolve to plan ahead better for the activities I will do this year. So far, I have programs planned up until July. This helps when your patrons want to know what else is coming up. You can also then save printing costs for your library by combining several events on one flyer.
  • I resolve to plan programs my teens will enjoy regardless of personal preferences. We all have programs we enjoy doing the most. However, sometimes you have to do a program on something you would rather not to draw teens in. At the end of this past year, I ran a Twilight book discussion. I would never have done this because I don’t think the books are that good, but I had 18 people attend. This was pretty good when you consider the average attendance of my last 3 programs was 2 people.
  • I resolve to read more young adult books. I tend to choose watching a movie over reading a book when I have free time. But I need to balance that out a little. I have galley from 2 years of conferences now that I haven’t read.
  • I resolve to connect better with area schools. I do send them flyers, but would like to be involved with the schools more. For a start, this year I am having a local art teacher do a program before my art contest.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for your library work?

About Lindsey Dunn

I am a teen librarian who has worked in the Wake County Library system for six years now. I have been in YALSA for 3 years now and currently serve on the YA Galley Committee. I received my MLS at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. My specialties include book clubs, teen advisory boards, programming, and blogging.

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