In your group, share your thoughts on how a TL, who is the only professional TL in the school, makes decisions about devoting time to aspects of library management such as:

  • managing the physical space;
  • collection management and access;
  • using the library management system, and
  • also devoting time to planning for and teaching information literacy in the school.

In a position such as TL, in which the day (appears to be, at any rate) much less structured than that of a (secondary) classroom teacher with a rigid timetable, it is important to allocate blocks of time for various tasks, creating a timetable. Prioritising and making lists are essential steps to good time management.

Of course, there are unplanned things which can crop up during the day.  These would “disrupt” any planned activities.  Flexibility, is therefore a necessary attribute – one has to be able to ‘roll with the punches’.

If the TL is fortunate enough to have support staff, and/or volunteers, then delegation of appropriate tasks is another strategy.

I found the Effective Time Management for Teachers webpage interesting.  It posed the question “How do you manage your time”.  As a new TL, or one struggling with time management, it might be useful to keep a diary for a week or two to record exactly what was done during the day during what times and for how long.  This would help with allocating time for tasks and in identifying areas of faffing about, or tasks that could be delegated or otherwise dealt with.

References

Wilson, T. (2009-2013).  Time Management Success. Effective Time Management for Teachers: How to manage your workload

 

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