Ok....so I said I wasn't going to write again until I had students, but...well...I lied!
A year ago, I found out that I was going to be moving into the library at my school. My position would be a one year "pilot". Prior to this, our librarian had been a paraprofessional. She was retiring, and my district was willing to look at making it a teacher-librarian position. I had one year to prove myself...and the importance of the position.
Now, I had the position, and all I could think was..."Oh my goodness! What in the world do I do?".
My colleague Karen (@KarenAupperlee) suggested that I go on Twitter. Like John Schu has said, I, too, thought that Twitter was a place where people posted pictures of their food and outlined every detail of their day-to-day life. She assured me that this wasn't the case, and that it would be a great connection for me. I signed up...and followed a few people, and they eventually followed me. I had NO idea what I was doing....(or what half of this stuff meant).
Soon I started making connections with other librarians and finally got the guts to start asking some questions. WOW! I never expected the outpouring of advice and support that I received. It was so overwhelming, so unbelievable. People were SO amazingly kind and helpful. When I asked "beginner's (what were probably dumb) questions", I got sincere, thoughtful answers. When I started to panic, I received reassurance. When I said that one of my first tasks was to get some graphic novels in my library, I was sent a box of new graphic novels from another librarian. I naively asked why she had so many new graphic novels sitting around...and she replied, "They weren't sitting around, I bought them for you!". Bought them for me? I haven't even met you?? Really???
That's when I realized...this was something special! These people were something special!!
Not having a mentor in my district, there is no way that I would have succeeded this year, if it weren't for my new PLN. Their patience, wisdom. honesty, and expertise helped me turn my "pilot" into a permanent position...and spread it to the other buildings in my district.
I have my dream job...and I couldn't have done it without the help of so many people.
So...John, Margie, Travis, Sherry, Matthew, Julee, Chris, Cynthia (and many others) I sincerely and humbly thank you!,