Goal Setting - ASAP!

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Dear Dr. Laura,


I found your podcast while I was job hunting. I loved hearing the stories from the other librarians. Well, guess what? I got the job! I met with my future principal today and I start next week! She told me I need to work on my annual goal and give it to her when I report to work. That’s next week! I have no idea what to do!


Can you help?

Goal-Seeking Future Librarian


Hi, Goal-Seeking Future Librarian

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I am so excited for you!! A first-time job as a school librarian! I know you are excited and nervous all at the same time. I’m sure you want to make a great first impression and goal setting is a big deal! I was hired for my current position after everyone else had already submitted their yearly goals. So, like you I had to think PRONTO! What was I going to do? So, I started thinking through the process of goal setting.


Sometimes the process can seem overwhelming. Especially when you are starting out. Just remember that successful entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes, and people in all lines of work set goals. A person who sets goals is creating a long-term vision for what they want to accomplish. And a by-product of that is gaining job clarity and even motivation to meet the goal.


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Think about it this way. A goal is a result that you set out to accomplish, whether you set it for your job or personal life. Goal setting will focus so many aspects of your job. It can determine how you spend parts of your budget. It can determine which professional development opportunities you attend. It can even help you plan your calendar of events. Goal setting basically helps you organize your time and your resources so that you have the best opportunity to meet your goals. I should add this happens as long as you stay focused on meeting your goals! Don’t set the goals and forget them.


I assume you are writing goals on your own. But it’s possible you are in a district where a lead person works with the group of campus librarians to set a goal(s) for the group at-large to meet. Ideally, you would write your individual or team goals at the start of each school year. But, obviously this is something you need to tackle now.


I’d like for you to think about writing 2 goals. One based on

campus/district improvement plans. And one based on library standards. So, here are some tips