For the first time since I’ve been a librarian, I’ve been thinking of what else I could do with these skills not because I feel overworked, but because I feel like maybe this isn’t the right profession for me any more. This was never just a job for me. It’s my career, my profession. I love my job. I love my library. But, my passion is about my whole profession. So, if this profession is going to be about yelling and screaming all over the Internet and shaming people who ask questions because they are not on the RIGHT side of an issue, then maybe it’s time. Somewhere, I feel like we lost civility. Or so it seems. Of course, what I could do is just stand with the many who remain silent, stay clueless about whatever the issue is, or just choose not to engage. That sounds like the easier path, really.
Like with almost everything I write, I’m just writing this sort of free thought. There is SO MUCH negativity and animosity in my profession these days that it makes me sad. So, I thought this week I would simply tell librarianship why I love it so very much.
I love you because I have made amazing friendships all over the country (and even in some other countries) because of you. We connect at conferences and on social media and we engage each other and befriend each other in very meaningful ways. I love you because you make me think. All of the time. My colleagues ask great questions, post good things to read, and are really quite an intelligent group of people. I love you, librarianship, because you do good things for people in your library spaces. GREAT things even.
I love you, librarianship, because I learn something new everyday. Because someone within it says something thought provoking nearly every day. I love librarianship because I get to read books. All day long. (Ha, I kid.) I love you, librarianship, because you make me laugh every day. I love my colleagues who are good at what they do and have fun too and share stories with each other.
I love you, librarianship, because I’ve had the best mentors in this career. They are also great friends and I am so grateful for them.
I love you, librarianship, because we share our triumphs and our struggles together. I love going to conferences and hearing about all of the great stuff my friends are doing or to hear about something new. I love to hear about the good fights we are fighting to help our communities. I love how we analyze data and present evidence to show how awesome our libraries are.
I love you, librarianship, because you make wearing pencil skirts and cardigans cool.
I love you, librarianship, because now as a boss person, I get to watch new librarians blossom and grow into supernovas.
So, librarianship, this is a good thing we have going here. Let’s focus on the positive and just ignore the negative, shall we?