08/23/2006: "It's hard out here for a librarian"
So, i've been crazy busy...start of fall semester there are deadlines every day as we amp up to the first day of school. Tomorrow is the final implementation of a project I've been working on all summer and Monday morning is Freshmen Orientation… the library is trying something new in an attempt to *not* bore to death the roughly 160 new students. I'm not finished creating the game they'll play but I did help pick out the prizes: mood pencils, highlighters on carabineers and for the winning teams, small sized triangular shaped backpacks complete with groovy library logo!
Plus, I have my courses to get ready for...not to mention the courses I teach for other faculty, the start of the Curriculum Committee which I chair, and my presentation for a faculty development seminar! When I get nervous about how high pressure my new job may be I have to remember how stressful my current one can get!
Speaking of which, Maren has offered to help me move down to WA on the ferry. She'll drive my tracker (sorry Rob, it's comin with me!) and I'll drive a U-Haul. Having help will make all the difference in the world!
Now tonight I'm reading a book my dean friend gave me, "Leaders: the strategies for taking charge"...so far it's good but I wonder if being an effective leader is something you can learn? Off topic, there’s a quote by Bill Cosby I like: "I don't know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everyone". I think that holds especially true for artists…and I *am* still an artist, despite my librarianly ways.