If you write a blog, participate in Social Media, tweet, skype, or chat on facebook, your life is public. When things are going well, everyone can celebrate with you. When things don’t go as smoothly, you have choices how you can react.
- You can share it all openly. This could result in several scenarios:
- Others commiserate and help you get through it.
- Others empathize and suffer along with you.
- Others rejoice in your difficulties and make it worse.
- Others just don’t care and wait for you to move on.
- Things get better and you get embarrassed that you shared.
- You can hide what’s happening and pretend everything is “better”.
- You can ignore it and work even harder than ever to prove nothing is wrong.
- You can focus on developing a plan to make sure things improve and stay that way.
Those choices seem easy, but we librarians seldom take the easy road. Instead we develop a wide array of coping mechanisms. How do you deal?
Here are some situations that I am aware of occurring that give opportunities for coping:
- Librarians losing their jobs
- Budgets being cut
- Librarians treated as babysitters, not teachers
- Librarians being sent to classrooms
- Books being removed
- Qualified, eager librarians seeking positions and not getting interviewed
- Librarians having huge numbers of extra duties added to their workload
- IT personnel overseeing and overfiltering library patron activities
- Ebooks being acquired without the benefit of the librarian’s expertise in collection development
- Legislators passing oppressive laws and not providing funds to enable success
- Teachers struggling and needing extra support
- Librarians facing intellectual freedom challenges that threaten their jobs
- Legislators considering passing the “Don’t say Gay” bill to forbid mention of homosexuality before high school
- your suggestions?
What would you add to this list?