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A time to reflect

Each year, I struggle with it, but when it’s done, the process and the product seem even more important to me.  Like several of my colleagues, this year I prepared a media version as well.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for libraries all over.  For us, at our largely one-to-one school, book borrowing is down.  Class visits are down too.  We had a few incidents of plagiarism.

I didn’t accomplish all that I’d hoped to this year, but in pulling it all together, I realized that we accomplished quite a lot.  We were hopping. Activity was NOT down, but I had no metrics to measure the new types of activity we’ve been seeing over the past two years. I don’t believe my traditional means for measuring our impact makes sense anymore.

What I really saw this year was our move toward becoming a learning commons. Our space is moving beyond research and reading and getting stuff, to a place for making and sharing stuff, a place for production, for the exchange of ideas, for cross-disciplinary activity.  And so much of our action is taking place virtually.

Please share your years.  Remember you can add you own annual reports to the Report Page we are maintaining at the SchoolLibraryWebsites wiki.  While you are there, don’t miss Buffy Hamilton’s wonderful reports for her Creekview Library, as well as Fran Bullington’s thoughtful post on reports and her own very first annual report.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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