Summer Projects, Revisited

It’s halfway through the first week of the new academic term and time for me to revisit my summer projects list. Regretfully, I report I was less successful in checking off completed projects than was Shaunna Mireau in checking off her substantial writing project.

As it turns out, I check off as complete my “standard mundane tasks” and “institutional projects”—so, hooray, me!

On the flipside, the institutional projects consumed most of my available summer hours. By way of either prescience or a well-planned rationalization, though, I had prefaced my project list with this:

Summer rarely seems to offer the generous spare time foreseen during the hectic days of the late spring term.

With that, here is my cross-off result for “the invigorating projects on my summer agenda:”

  • To create an electronic research guide for a new course to be offered in the fall term, and to freshen the content in existing ones… → I liberally crossed off the first item. It’s not quite complete—some content is yet to come—but it’s almost there. Fresh content in other research guides will wait a bit.
  • To meet colleagues—some in person after years of virtual interaction—and to absorb what looks to be rich programming at the American Association of Law Libraries conference and, in turn, to share what I can by writing Storifys or other such material. → I met some longstanding contacts face-to-face for the first time, reconnected with others, and met made acquaintance with many other interesting people at my first AALL conference—of many, I hope. I took, shared, and posted substantial notes on the wonderful AALL13 conference. The strikeout is incomplete because I haven’t yet linked all my stories.
  • To tinker away at orientation, reference, and legal research instruction initiatives that have been percolating and to have them in place for the fall term→ I can’t cross this off fully and maintain good conscience. Though much is now in place, new ideas continue to percolate and more will develop, in anticipation of student and faculty needs and in response to the acquisition of new resources.
  • To read the books on my summer reading list! → Again, the strikeout is incomplete. I have yet to read the Giller winner—which I hope to do before this year’s award.
  • But first, to fill out the CanLII survey! → Alas, I pay only inactive fees so was unable to complete the survey. However, I tried, so I struck it off anyway— and await the edition for non-practitioners!

In sum? Semi-satisfied. Anything yet unfinished soon will be complete. Meanwhile, the new term and its roster of new projects awaits.

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