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5 Goal Setting Tips For School Librarians

As the year comes to a close, you may be thinking about all you've accomplished in the past few months. If not, you should be proud of the progress you've made, no matter how big or small. Even if you aren't the resolution type, taking time to reflect on the past year, personal and work goals, can set you up for a successful new year!

2020 is about clear vision, and that starts with creating goals.

Review Your Current Situation

To plan the future, you need to evaluate where you are currently. Have you reached the goals you made at the beginning of the school year? Do you have a few goals you need to alter or no longer serve you? Review the status of your current goals, update or change goals you haven't achieved. Now add the new goals you'd like to work towards.

Be sure to return to this step often throughout the year to reflect on your progress.

Be Inspired

Do you have daydreams of how you want your library to look or feel? Maybe you fantasize about creating a makerspace or taking the plunge to genrefy your collection. Whatever your dream may be for your school library or patrons, it's time to write them down.

Think about the aspirations that genuinely inspire you. What is your overall mission as a school librarian? Take time to sit down and write down all the dreams you have for your library. Let all your ideas flow, regardless of how grandiose or unrealistic they may be.

Make it S.M.A.R.T.

You'll need to get into the nitty-gritty of your dreams now by getting down to the specifics. From the step above, take the idea you are most excited about and develop several goals that support that aspiration. Keep these five elements in mind while you are developing your goals:
  • Specific
  • Measure
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-sensitive

Plan a Roadmap

Once you've reviewed your goals, now it's time to plan how you are going to accomplish your goals. You'll need to start asking questions. For example, if your New Year's goal is to boost your circulation stats, you'll need to plan how you are going to accomplish this goal. Are you going to upgrade your book displays, genrefy your library, or purge your collection to make room? You'll need to be clear about the process you need to take to reach your new goals.

Be Accountable

For most people, committing is the biggest challenge. Keep yourself accountable to your dreams and goals. Make sure to check in on yourself to ensure you are continuing the work to reach your new goals.

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