The week before I started my brand new job as a school librarian, at my brand new school, I headed off to Library Camp! On my drive to the conference, my stomach was full of jitters fueled by both excitement and nervousness. As I approached the entrance to the building where camp was being hosted, I battled against fears that I would feel inadequate and overwhelmed by the knowledge of the other attendees. However, upon walking up to registration, all of that dissolved.
I was greeted warmly, handed a LEGO pal, and found a seat at a table of happy faces. Despite there being an obvious established camaraderie among many of the Library Media professionals surrounding me, everyone was eager to meet me. As soon as I mentioned that I was a first year Library Media Specialist, phone numbers and emails were being jotted down and passed my way. It turns out I did end up feeling overwhelmed, but in the best of ways...I was overwhelmed by the kindness and willingness to help that exists in the school library community.
After the key note pumped me up with enthusiasm to learn as much as possible throughout the day, I headed off to my selected workshops on databases and google sites, which were both extremely helpful in getting me started in my new position. Since the school year began, I have been able to build a new library website for our school and am already considering new database options for next year! I also attended the 7-12 grade round table and young adult literature discussion. These provided me with lengthy lists of ideas to try out with my teachers and students, which have proved to be enriching successes so far.
Overall, Library Camp was exactly what I needed to jump start my first year as a school librarian. I can't wait to return next year with my own stories and tips and a readiness to learn more from my professional peers!