Best laid plans

What I had planned to write about this month: something about growing into the early-twilight stage of my career, or how to prioritize/plan for collection development. 

What I ended up writing: nothing. I’m sure this is not a surprise to anyone living the 2020 back-to-school experience.

So here, in the spirit of Oprah, are some things I know for sure:

It is SO much better being on campus than online.

I am enormously grateful for the PD communities that have kept me afloat since the world went sideways. AISL is a significant part of my library life. I LOVE that I have people I consider close colleagues spread across much of this crazy continent we call home, people I lean on as much as I do those I work with in person.

Ensuring that everyone is masked and physically distant is a challenge indeed.

I don’t want to get sick. I don’t want to make my family sick. I don’t want to be online again. 

This hard. And I know that we can do hard stuff. But still.

Thinking of you all and counting the days until #DC2022,


3 thoughts on “Best laid plans

  1. Thank you, Shelagh, for expressing what so many of us are feeling. This connection we all share within AISL is truly worth gold in these hard times. Stay safe, stay well. This, too, shall pass.

  2. As I draft post after post in my head, none of which seems to capture the experience of this fall, this is what I needed to hear this morning!

  3. Thank you, Shelagh. I am feeling very much the same these days. Even though it’s a real challenge juggling new technology and keeping students properly distanced, it is gratifying to see that they are so happy to be back at school, even in the circumstances of the new normal.

    It was great collaborating in the Library Juice Academy workshop. Thanks so much for putting it together!


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