Once again Cheryl LaGuardia uses her “Not Dead Yet” opinion column in Library Journal to report on conversations that she is having with librarians in the field. In this installment entitled A Teensy-Tiny Survey of Seasoned Librarians Cheryl gives some librarians who have been around the block a few times the opportunity to chime in about some basic, but thought provoking questions:
- What do you like best about your library job?
- What do you like least?
- If you had it to do over, what, if anything, would you change about your library career choices?
- Any advice for up-and-coming librarians?
Heading the list of positives about library work are the “aha moments” you witness when helping patrons; the flexibility and diversity of the job; the wonderful colleagues; the never ending learning; and the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. On the downside is the political BS; the pointless meetings; the bureaucracy; and having to working with people who aren’t interested – both co-workers and users. Of course, we’re not doing justice to the actual comments so you’ll want to read them yourself to get their full flavor.
And that really goes for the responses to the last two queries. The most fascinating responses are reserved for those questions so we won’t even attempt a rundown of those comments.
In short, we’re getting out of the way and letting you proceed to the article so you can start reading those comments for yourself. You’ll be glad that you did.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.