I feel like I’ve covered a lot of ground in my last few weeks of blog posts, but the truth is, I’ve barely scratched the surface of what we learned. Colorado librarians, if you ever get the chance to apply for CALLI, I urge you to do it. After the opening session, I was thinking critically about my role in my organization, thinking about how to leverage my strengths, and set into motion goals I’d had at the back of my mind for a long time. And this is just at the beginning of the year! I’m so excited to see how much more I will learn and do over the next year. With that in mind, here is what I hope to get out of CALLI:
- Learn more about who I am as a leader.
- Think about what it means to be a leader. Specifically, even if I don’t have a title that says I’m a “Supervisor,” “Manager,” or “Director,” I can still be a leader in my organization.
- Expand my network and learn from amazing library leaders around the state.
- Learn from and pick the brains of all of the amazing fellow CALLI participants! It’s an awesome group. I can’t wait to learn more from everyone in the program.
- Built a great rapport with my mentor and learn as much as I can from him or her.
- Keep an open mind and recognize that I will get way more out of this experience than I could ever even imagine at this point in the process.
So, that’s it for the CALLI opening session. If you’ve stuck with me through all of these opening posts, thanks! I have lots more coming up: some CALLI stuff, but also some features more related to my day job as a children’s librarian. If you want to hear about what keeps my librarian brain up at night, and the storytime books that I couldn’t live without in the month of October, look for those posts coming soon!