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Posted on: February 7, 2009

It’s been over two months since I started my new job.

Things are going well. I still have a great deal to learn and absorb, but I don’t feel overwhelmed on a daily basis like I did when I first started. However, people have been really helpful and welcoming, which has made learning a new place less stressful.

Yes, the people there are really decent. Sure, like anywhere, there are a few that I’m glad I don’t have to deal with daily. But in general, I have found my co-workers (both in my area and elsewhere at the college) to be friendly, pleasant people. It makes getting up the morning for another work day more than bearable.

Being a supervisor is what you would expect. I have to deal with various things, but mostly my staff are competent and hard-working. It helps that Human Resources seems interested in making supervisors successful by providing us with quarterly updates. The main thing that I’m trying to navigate is not getting in my employee’s way. They were without a boss for several months, so I’ve had to take on the things the previous coordinator did and figure out exactly what those things should be. I’ve encountered some minor resistance, but nothing that is causing me any real problems.

I’ve made a few minor changes that needed to happen just to enable me to work efficiently. Change in any place is a hard thing. So, the things that I’m thinking about doing, I will do slowly…albeit with a bit more discussion than I care for. But I do have to be sensitive to how other people deal with alterations.

The most surprising thing for me has been that I feel like a full-fledged librarian. Having my hands in all the day-to-day things that we do keeps me interested and engaged. I’ve had to relearn a few things, but that hasn’t been a problem. I do like being able to do a variety of things beyond just reference and instruction, although I still enjoy both of those areas very much.

Despite my anxiety about moving and starting a new job, so far it’s turning out to be a positive. I like my position and I like the college. So far, so good.


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February 2009


Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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