"What did you ship?" is a great question for all of us to ask ourselves. What, beyond just doing one's job, did you accomplish (not try to do, not intend to do, not think about doing, not hope to get done, not plan to do - but actually DO) in 2011? What did you do that was a little bit scary? That you might have drawn criticism for? That may changed the world just a little bit?
Last year Godin listed a baker's dozen of things he "shipped." I listed nine things I shipped last year outside my day job. (But then he is Seth Godin and I am not, I rationalized.)
I'm thinking this is a good thing to do every year as it closes. Reflect a bit one's own productivity. So here's my 2011 shipping list:
- I gave presentations and workshops for the Indian Prairie School District in IL, ESC Region XI in Fort Worth, for the SW/WC Tech Conference in MN, for the Minnesota Libraries Futures in Minneapolis, for ECS Region 10, Richardson, TX, for the U of Houston, for ISTE in Philadephia, for the Memphis School District, for the Independent Schools of St. Louis, for the Colorado Association of Libraries, for AASL in Minneapolis, for the Utica, Syracuse and Finger Lakes BOCES, and for VEMA in Richmond, and TIES in Minneapolis. (Whew!)
- Presented internationally at the Follett International Library Conference in Dubai, at the AASSA conference in Campinas, Brazil (new country for me), at the ECIS conference in Istanbul, and at the British Columbia Library Assocation conference in Vancouver.
- Completed a 70,000 word book manuscript. (And finagled a contract for another book for 2012.)
- Published these articles:
“Stretching Your Technology Dollar” Educational Leadership (ASCD), December 2011/January 2012
“Libraries in the Cloud," Library Media Connection, April 2011
“7 Myths About Internet Filters,” AASL Blog. September 11, 2011.
and designed four new presentations
Rules of Engagement: Using Personal Technologies to Motivate Rather Than Distract
Changed but Still Critical: Facility Design in the Digital Age
School Libraries in the Clouds: Roles and Possibilities
Developing Creativity in Every Learner
- Published these columns:
- “These Horses Are Out of the Barn - Ride’m” Head for the Edge column, Library Media Connection, January/February 2011.
- “Signs of a Welcoming Library” Head for the Edge column, Library Media Connection, March 2010
- “GoogleApps and Librarians” Head for the Edge column, Library Media Connection, April 2011
- “Are you speaking where people are listening? ” Head for the Edge column, Library Media Connection, Aug/Sept 2011
- “Who doesn’t get it? ” Head for the Edge column, Library Media Connection, October 2011
- “No more ‘book only’ librarians ” Head for the Edge column, Library Media Connection, November/December, 2011
- Published 225 blog entries.
- Chaired a Kiwanis club foundation board, servered as the club webmaster/photographer, participated in a local city leadership team, and volunteered to be a fund raiser for a YMCA building project. Organized and moderated the SIGMS Forum for ISTE in Philadelphia.
- Hiked parts of the Superior Hiking Trail (4 of 7 "summits"), summitted Harney Peak in the Black Hills with my grandson, and bicycled for six days in northern Wisconsin.
- Walked 3 miles a day, 5 times a week; worked weights at the Y twice a week; and still gained a few pounds!
Writing and speaking and most of this stuff is more fun than work. Our home contains no small children or other dependents to care for most of the time. My day job doesn't require much overtime and I have a fantastic, self-directed team there. I don't play golf, fish, or square dance. Television programs bore me. My Saturday and Sunday mornings and many an evening are spent writing and designing presentations and workshops. I have, through plain dumb-luck, very good health, a supportive wife, an interesting job with great co-workers, and lots of opportunities work toward the betterment of education. At least that's what I hope I'm doing.
I personally measure my days not whether they were happy or unhappy, but whether they were productive or unproductive. Did I have a fruitful conversation or meeting? Did I get something finished? Did I write something worth sharing? Did I read something challenging? Did I do an hour's worth of physical activity? Did I clean up a mess, revise an article, or organize something for the future? Did I do something that made my own life or someone else's just a tad better?
All of us need to "ship" - do more than is necessary on our jobs and professions (especially librarians and tech integration specialists), at home (as spouse/partners/parents/grandparents), and for ourselves (exercise, healthy eating, recreation, and the occasional reward).
What did you ship in 2011 and what will you ship in 2012?
I am by nature a lazy person of middling intellect - so if I can ship, you can ship.