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So, I Have the Job...Now What?

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Success Tips for the Beginning School Library Media Specialist

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So, I Have the Job...Now What?

  1. 1. Success Basics for the Beginning SLMS New on the Job:
  2. 2. Questions, Questions, Questions! <ul><li>Where do you turn? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do you ask? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you start??? </li></ul>
  3. 3. People <ul><li>Relationships with/Duties of </li></ul>
  4. 4. Local <ul><li>Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Library Clerk </li></ul><ul><li>Support Personnel: </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance, Bookkeeper/Secretary </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty: </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Coach, Technology Resource Teacher , Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Other: </li></ul><ul><li>PTA Officers, Volunteer Coordinator/Volunteers </li></ul>
  5. 5. District <ul><li>Media Specialist Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>AITS Department </li></ul>
  6. 6. Other <ul><li>Business Partner(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Public Library </li></ul>
  7. 7. Professional Assistance <ul><li>Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals - Mentors </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other (Often-Overlooked) Resources: <ul><li>Book Vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Circulation Program Staff </li></ul>
  9. 9. Remember: <ul><li>Most people don’t like too much change. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-workers and administrators will first have to get to know you as a professional and colleague. </li></ul><ul><li>This takes time: be patient. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Terms <ul><li>Money: Invoice, encumbrance </li></ul><ul><li>Technology: Web-based vs. server-based </li></ul><ul><li>Acronyms : AITS, TRT </li></ul>
  11. 11. Money
  12. 12. Budget <ul><li>Sources of funding? </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility? </li></ul><ul><li>Deadlines? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Procedures <ul><li>Spending/ordering </li></ul><ul><li>Receipting/vouchers </li></ul><ul><li>Other (PTA, sales, etc.) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Responsibilities <ul><li>Expenses other than library supplies and books </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Program (Reading Counts, AR) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Technology
  16. 16. Responsibilities of SLMS re: <ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Troubleshooting </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory of </li></ul>
  17. 17. Password/Login Information <ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Websites/Software Applications </li></ul>
  18. 18. Other Responsibilities
  19. 19. Library Media Center <ul><li>Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Level of autonomy </li></ul>
  20. 20. School-wide <ul><li>A.M. /P.M. duties </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty meetings </li></ul><ul><li>PTA </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
  21. 21. District-wide <ul><li>SLMS meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
  22. 22. Facilities <ul><li>Library Media Center </li></ul><ul><li>Have vs. need </li></ul><ul><li>Uses of/by whom </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of </li></ul>
  23. 23. And remember: <ul><li>Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.  </li></ul><ul><li>~Doug Larson </li></ul>

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