You know, lately I’ve been a little busy. I mean, besides my actual life busy, I am running a college library. So I completely missed what went on with the #libbanana and the library Harlem Shake videos and the ensuing infighting. Then I asked a friend of mine to clue me in and, unfortunately, he did.
What is with all the hatred and negativity? What I see is a repeated pattern of people disagreeing and when god forbid a male librarian disagrees with a female it is all MEN ARE BAD. What is happening here?
First, just for the record, I totally got an anonymous banana slicer in the mail and I had no idea what was going on, which was pretty hilarious. Whatever, I am a rockstar. So there. Secondly, I’m getting really, really, really super tired of people going on what seem like lunatic tirades on “professional” blogs and other social media and slandering other librarians.
GET. A. HOLD. OF. YOURSELVES.
When did it become okay to write very lengthy blogs about others in your profession about whom you know very little, except what they choose to share? When did it become acceptable to slightly make people’s names anonymous and go on and rant and rant and rant? I mean, if you need to do that, I guess I understand. But, doing it under a pretense of being a “librarian blogger” (whatever the hell that means), is very unprofessional.
And when did it become okay for the rest of us who are really over all of this bullshit (and I know you’re out there with me), to just sit back and let this venomous talk about each other continue?
I hated middle school. It was brutal. I am not going back. High school wasn’t as bad for me. Sorry, I was a popular kid. But, seriously, librarians, maybe you should think before you blog? Before you respond on social media and before you create a mess that you can’t clean up?
I’m going to ask right here and right now, just be kind boys and girls….all of you. I am not leaning on my gender over the men and asking more of you. I’m asking each of you for more kindness. If you can’t be kinder to each other, maybe start with more professionalism. It’s a big Internet. If you don’t like some librarians, don’t follow them and don’t friend them and don’t talk to them. Believe me, it works for me.
Is there another profession out there that has to continuously have such dramatic crap happening with dozens and sometimes hundreds of people all chiming in on social media, blogging an issue to death, whining and looking downright silly? Is there another profession which has so many damn people that need their egos stroked? While I am at it, is there another profession that has SO MANY awards that it has to give out to people?
Oy. Enough. Now get back to work and play nice. ALL OF YOU.
And in a few days, I will get back to blogging about *actual* professional issues.