Happy New Year’s

1 Jan

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s celebration last night! For the past few days I’ve been thinking about my reading in 2013 and my goals for 2014. Overall, I did a great job with my reading goals in 2013 – I wanted to take a closer look at books published during the year and I read over 280 books! Picture books, easy readers, middle grade, and young adult books were all included in the mix. I feel as though I have a solid working knowledge of current literature and can suggest many new titles to kids at work.

My goals for this year continue to be vague in terms of reading. I don’t want to pressure myself to read a certain number of books, but I do want to focus on some genres that I’m not as familiar with – mainly early elementary books outside the classics and popular series, young adult books for 7th and 8th graders and a narrower focus of books geared toward boys. Even with all the reading I did this past year, I still feel as though I have a gap in my knowledge of “books for boys.” I’m not going to focus solely on (very) current literature, rather just focus more on genres this year.

My goals for blogging,Twitter, and social media as a whole are more focused. I want to be more focused in my blogging, keeping it personal, but more helpful and specific and maybe planned out more. I want to blog more about programming, news happening in the library world, and I want to gain a larger following of my blog. By focusing this past year on blogging regularly (i.e. Monday -Friday) my readership increased a lot, but I want to reach more people. I also want to better understand how to use Twitter more effectively and with a greater purpose to gain a larger following on Twitter as well.

I’m excited to see what 2014 brings, I’ve got a lot of great professional opportunities coming my way this year and I can’t wait to learn more about being a better librarian for my community! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful 2014!

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