On a personal note, I would like to pay tribute to Beth Rogers. For those readers outside our campus, Beth was the librarian at our ninth grade center, a facility which is attached to my library.
She passed away this morning after a several year struggle with cancer. She was vivacious, spirited, and smart. I hate to use the cliche that she was courageous, but she really was. She worked even when ill to train our new staff before she retired earlier this fall. She had a varied career, from district librarian in East Texas to State President of ATPE, to librarian at our campus.
I know she might dislike for me to say something in this public a forum, but maybe she’d understand.
I relied on Beth’s common sense and support a great deal, the more reponsibilities I had, probably more than I had realized. I wish I had told her that more often.
So this is just my reminder to tell people more often about the good that they do and about what you appreciate. Remember to focus on the important things. And remember that the contributions you make each day to students and staff go far beyond what you ever truly realize.