Saturday, March 17, 2012

One Lucky Mover and Shaker

Back in December I received an email which read:
Dear Jennifer,
"I’m pleased to tell you that your colleagues have nominated you as a Mover & Shaker for 2012...."  
Since that time, I've been fumbling my way through a series of utterly surreal events including a photo shoot in Dallas and ending with this week's announcement that I had, in fact, been chosen by Library Journal as a "Mover and Shaker."  Throughout it all, I've been trying to figure out how I feel about it.  And I'm still not sure I know.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm completely and utterly humbled.  I'm honored, thrilled and, in some ways, intimidated and overwhelmed by it.  But, truth be told, I don't feel like a Mover and Shaker.  Rather, I just feel really, really lucky because a) I get to do the work I love b) I'm surrounded (in real life and virtually) by BRILLIANT and supportive people and c) I live during a time in human history when sharing and learning with others is incredibly easy.


Even though Library Journal has been honoring librarians with this distinction for 11 years, I think I first became aware of the "Movers and Shakers" program in 2010 when Ernie Cox (a fellow NC TL - at the time anyway) was given the honor.  I remember reading about him and thinking "holy cow, this guy is a rock star!"  Then, last year, three people I admire greatly were chosen:  John Schu, Gwyneth Jones and Buffy Hamilton. To me, these people are school library royalty.  They represent the BEST of the best.  The cream of the crop.  The top of the heap.  The pick of the... well, you get my point.  Then this year... it's me.  Seriously, somebody queue Cookie Monster.

What's really crazy is that if EVER there was a week when I've felt a lot like whatever the opposite of a Mover and Shaker is, it's been this week.  Even though I arrived at school on Monday, totally excited about what I'd learned at NCTIES the week before, (and super ready to put some of it to use with my students), I ended up spending much of the week either fixing equipment or apologizing for dropping one of several balls.  Not exactly Mover and Shaker material, I fear.

And then the announcement came.  And suddenly there were all these people (literally and virtually) tapping me on the shoulder to say congratulations or to share some sweet part of themselves.  I gotta say, it's tough to feel sorry for yourself when the whole world seems resolved to make you feel like a rock star.

So... in the end, instead of focusing on the how and the why of this, I’m just determined to enjoy it. One thing is for certain, when I became a librarian I never, ever thought I’d be flying off for photo shoots or finding my mug on the cover of magazines.  HOWEVER, I'd be a complete liar if I said it wasn't a thrill, because it totally is!  That said, I'm so grateful to be a part of the library community and it's an absolute delight to be recognized for the small ways I've been able to contribute to it. I’m still not 100% sure I know exactly what it means to be a Mover and Shaker, but I sincerely hope I can live up to the title.

10 comments:

  1. Donna Sullivan-MacdonaldMarch 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Jennifer, forget Cookie Monster - I think that you totally belong in the category of "Best of the Best." You are a rock star to so many teacher librarians. Thank you for all that you do! I look forward to your trip to the beautiful Green Mountain State in May.

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Yay! I absolutely can't wait to see you and the rest of my friends in Vermont SOON!

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  2. You're not lucky, you're skilled and talented. Those of us who benefit from all you do and share so generously are the lucky ones!

    Mary

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I am truly humbled by your kind words!

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  3. I have learned so much from you over the past year. You are SO deserving of this recognition. Thank you for your work!
    Best wishes,
    Sarah Ducharme

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    1. Sarah - I feel the exact same way about you! Thank you so much!

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  4. Congratulations--you absolutely deserve the honor! :)

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  5. Jennifer,

    You are amazing. I would personally like to thank you for "moving and shaking" me since I first met you through TL Virtual. And why email when I can post a comment for others to enjoy. I first thought we would be pals because of how we nerd out over math, and then I discovered that you're as geeky over video games as I am. I love that you share such great articles from the gaming-in-education world with me through Twitter. You've quickly shown me how powerful Twitter can be in the hands of educators and I'm very thankful to know such a talented and well-deserved mover and shaker.

    Way to go (again)!

    - Matthew

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    1. Matthew, you are my library brother from another mother! I am convinced that we were destined to be library BFFs and I hope we continue to move and shake in each other's direction for a long, long time! Huzzah, kid!

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