I'll also be a new LMS this fall. I have 12ish years of experience (mostly 4th grade) and I'll be working with K-6th grade students. (I'm a planner, and I'm starting to panic a little bit.) I'm so glad I found all of you here!
I haven't been able to be in my library for the last 2 weeks. Before that, so far, I've mostly been going through cabinets and organizing desk drawers. (There were still things stuffed in my storage cabinet from the librarian who retired something like 8 years ago. Eeek!) I've forgotten to check for the Mr. Wiggle's book (I have a bulletin board set - yay!) I don't really feel like spending over $100 for it. Fortunately, the public library system here has a copy! Borrowing a library book to use in another library. Love it!
Congratulations to all the new LMS. I am also a new media specialist. I've been in the classroom for 18 years. Not only do I NOT have an assistant, I am in a separate building from everyone. I will be working on getting a master's degree to meet the requirements for the position. I will be checking here often for support.
Good luck to all the newbies.
I'm in an old school. There are actually three buildings. The original building houses grades 3-5, music, gym, art, a computer lab, headstart, guidance, and other classrooms/offices. The main building houses PreK-2nd, a self-contained room, a computer lab, office, cafeteria, and other classrooms/offices. There is a breezeway between the library and cafeteria, but students usually use the sidewalk that leads from the main lobby. We get a lot of exercise.
I too am heading to the library after years in the classroom. Trying not to feel overwhelmed. I have lots of ideas and love all of yours but worried about organization. I get to go in tomorrow so making a list now! Oh yes--i still have to shut down my old classroom! I still have 6 hours left to take this fall to finish my LMedia. Keep the ideas coming and I would love another wiki to read!
Teachermom7 - I took 6 hours for 6 semesters to complete my degree. The practicum (I worked one hour before school and one hour after school, plus a lot of Saturdays) was the hardest semester. Welcome to the newbie club.