James Herring’s podcast persuaded me that it’s okay to say “No” to staff who bob up and demand my time. My habit has been to drop what I’m doing, so I’ll try to put my needs first.
The article by Gilman gave me tips on being more effective. He suggests using openness, responsiveness, collaboration and communication with library colleagues to ascertain what improvements are needed. It can be accessed at: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Four-Habits-of-Highly-E/46544/.
I learned many good tips from the Effective Time Management for Teachers article at: http://www.time-management-success.com/time-management-for-teachers.html. Whilst I was fully aware of Zone 1 (Structured Time) and Zone 3 (Personal Life), I’ve always struggled with Zone 2 (all work related tasks).
I always arrive at school with a list of chores. These are typically dealt with at the end of the day, after each day’s meetings are over. Consequently, I stay until 6pm. In future, I’ll concentrate on the gaps of time when I’m not teaching and when people don’t need me and try to complete my list then. Putting a task off to work on at home often means it usually doesn’t get done, so in future I’ll make the time to just do it. This will enable more time for CSU study at home! The article offers many links that offer suggestions as to how to manage interruptions and procrastinations.
Sanders’ Conflict Resolution article demonstrated that reaching a compromise is not always a wise idea. I recorded three ideas that are new to me, which I’ve posted on the ETL401 Topic 6 Forum. It is available at: http://www.csu.edu.au/division/library/ereserve/pdf/sanders4.pdf.
I found many inspiring ideas on Karen Bonanno’s website. Some excellent tips are contained in Promoting Your School Library, at: http://www.schoollibrarymanagement.com/promoting_your_school_library.html.
Web 2.0 applications and library & information services, at:
http://www.schoollibrarymanagement.com/web2_applications_school_library.html offers the opportunity to ask what Web 2.0 applications are we using, and why we use them.
Working cooperatively within a fixed timetable was written by guest author, Dr Jenny Bales. It is available at: http://www.schoollibrarymanagement.com/cooperative_planning_teaching.html. Her case study offers convincing strategies that highlight the benefits of planning and teaching with colleagues.
Pappas describes the many benefits of creating a virtual (paperless) version of her library’s manual. She includes many useful ideas for the creation of policy, personnel information, collection development and acquisitions. It can be found at: http://www.schoollibrarymonthly.com/columns/management/index.html.
Spence cuts to the core of the role of the teacher-librarian. His team statement gave me food for thought. It would be a useful tool to present if staff cuts were ever considered. It is available at: http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/rblonline/librarymanagement/libmanage.htm.