The past week has brought changes and the facing of a few fears. I have started reading for my first assignment, which in itself was rather daunting to begin. With a few additional resources on loan from the Uni Library arriving in the post, and the readings set out in the modules, the course content is beginning to appear extensive, though interesting.
I have signed up for an account with Delicious, (an online, self-serve list compiler for articles and sites), and am learning the benefits of this as I begin to gather articles for my assignment. I am finding time constraints starting to build pressure.. I want to delve into my readings but at best am achieving 20 minutes here or there through the day, and am left with the hours between 8pm and midnight to really focus to any extent worth my while. With 3 children aged 5 years and under, I think my expectations of myself must be somewhat flexible.
I did manage to visit the librarian at our local public school, and have arranged to volunteer on Fridays. The Teacher Librarian in this role is experienced and seems very knowledgeable. I was able to discuss with her the nature of my upcoming assignment, and also look at the resources and collection area which would contribute to the content of my work. It was made apparent that any assistance I could offer in the library would be very welcome, after a series of untrained librarians over a number of years in the past, and a host of changes in policy and management processes has left the library in an unorganised and somewhat chaotic state. I look forward to the skills I will learn from this arrangement, and know that being regularly present in the school library environment will enhance the experience of my studies.