In a public library:
In an academic library:
June- July is like that for academic libraries; Our crazy time is August-October.
No, our crazy time is August- May.
This is the truest true that ever trued.
I usually keep away from the profanity on here, but this is too important, team. The Chunklet Fucks-to-Shits ratio is my new everything.
In a nutshell, it’s like this: the giving-a-shit scale reflects on your commitment to doing a Good Job. You show up, you do what you’re told, you create a pleasant experience for everyone. Give too much of a shit, of course, to the point where things devolve into micromanagement and tantrums when things fail to go Just Right. Give too little, and people can tell you’re obviously just collecting a paycheck - if you bother to show up at all.
Giving a fuck, naturally, is tied into pulling off what you want to do regardless of what others thing. Give too many, and you’re sunk at the first sign of criticism. Give too little, and you’re actively working to piss people off at the expense of everything else.
What does this have to do with our noble profession, you ask? Here goes:
Libraries are great at giving a shit. But we need to work on giving less of a fuck.
OK, gauntlet thrown. Discuss.
Really important thing for me to read today. Possibly a great mantra for me starting this school year.
But the opportunities are myriad if we view patrons as whole people with needs beyond what any one department or service point can offer. For example, we must collaborate with fluidity and serve college students who also need life-skill support—or even pleasure reading. If we work to create this kind of culture, provide this kind of service, everyone will benefit.
The End of Turf | Editorial, by Rebecca Miller
A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic (via thelifeguardlibrarian)