Freshmen are moving in to the dorms today marking the start of back-to-school for the 2010-2011 academic year. Walking to Founder's Hall this morning for updated time-sheets, a building literally next door to the library, I happily gave directions to at least three families looking for the registrars office. They have an exciting and event-filled weekend ahead; activities are planned prior to the first day of classes on Monday.
Last-minute details, things in the library physical space and cyberspace, need to be accomplished today; library and IRC hours updated, the library and IRC blogs will have new animoto welcome videos posted and hours, signs are in place on the main entrance and IRC doors (more visually appealing since the color printer was repaired), and the IRC mouse pads successfully revised. I finished a LibGuides course support guide request a few minutes ago and depending on business in the IRC this afternoon, have possibly unrealistic hopes that two videos can be produced and embedded before the end of the day. I'm lucky enough to have a great group of returning student workers, as well as a new hire or two.
The transition from summer to a new fall term often feels abrupt; in many ways we work all summer to prepare for a successful fall. But there is nothing more invigorating than students thrilled to be on campus. Welcome back!