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Posted on: March 10, 2009

Thank you Hershey bars were handing out by HR today. One of the woman in HR is really dedicated to making employees feel valued and appreciated. She’s started a variety of things, like quarterly supervisors meetings, that should help improve communication and general morale. If everyone gets on board. I’m on board because it’s helping me to learn about the college and my specific role. Which reminds me that I should her a written thank you note for all the work she is doing.

My first three months on the new job have went by quickly. I’ve made a few minor changes and now it’s time to start working a couple of larger changes. It’s going to be stressful and I’m likely going to make a couple of people very unhappy with me, but I know that we can be more efficient and potentially open up another opportunity.

Yes, that was very vague. Maybe I’m becoming more like DH by the day in not wanting to talk much about work. The thing is, as a supervisor, I don’t feel comfortable sharing too much outside of my office and the library. And while I find my job interesting, the day-to-day of it isn’t all that exciting.

Although we do have occasional excitement. A couple of students got into a scuffle last week. I wasn’t here for it, but we’ve been having some ongoing problems with one of the students involved in the incident. One of the public safety officers spoke with the student later that day and I haven’t seen the student in the library since then. While I’m sure he’ll be back, it’s nice to have a break from his antics. I’d imagine the students who come in here for the quiet are also appreciative.

I’m in the process of putting together our last big book order for this fiscal year. I’ve got an intern from our business program who is helping with some of the more boring parts of the process which frees me up to spend a bit more time looking for some materials. The intern has also helped put together a brochure for the LRC and I also plan to have her work on a self-guided tour for the library.

It’s hard to believe next week is spring break here. My two full time employees and I are going to Springfield for a library conference the first three days of the week and then I’ll be heading to Kansas for a 4 day weekend. I’m looking forward to the conference and the chance to meet more IL librarians.

I did get a few new pictures this weekend on the way back from visiting my parents in eastern IL. It was so windy though that it was quite a challenge. I wonder if your hair can be blown off your head? *laugh*

I did get a couple of pictures of the shawl, but I don’t have my camera with me today. It’s really grown and I’m almost to the neck. I hope to finish a couple of other things tonight and share the pics later in the week.

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Upcoming

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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