I did not know that you can reblog things on WordPress!
Anywho, here’s why I am reblogging this. From Megan:
A lot of us are one woman or one man shows and I choose not to believe that it limits what we can do. Truth? I get it done because I’m crazy competitive and I have to.
This will give me a solid footing to move forward in my career by starting from a place of empathy. Working together is the only way my new opus will be as fabulous (better?) then my last one. Will it be a ton more work? Yes. But you know something? I totally love my job. Even the bad parts are better than when I was a blueberry raker, better than when I worked retail and way better than when I was a plumber’s assistant. This job is freaking GREAT. If you’re feeling burnt out I highly suggest you take a step back, do something to remind yourself of why you got involved in the first place, solidify your footing and continue moving forward.
I love Megan’s approach to library work in the 21st Century: it is busy, never ending, always growing, confusing, challenging, and most of all, fun and awesome. There is a balance that a library employee must achieve: the public side, the creative side, and the management side must all work in harmony to achieve something great. I talked about that a bit over at Tame The Web recently (http://tametheweb.com/2014/11/13/public-service-is-a-library-program-by-ttw-contributor-justin-hoenke) and I really do believe this is a model for public libraries moving forward.
Busy doesn’t even begin to cover what my life has been like lately.
Justin and I talk a lot about how the librarians who are out there doing the work and really kicking ass don’t have time to constantly get the great photos and update their twitter accounts. I’m pretty good at compartmentalizing my work and entering a sort of zen state of uber-organization to get all my work done. I design the programs, perform the critical thinking and facilitate the programs sometimes while simultaneously running the desk single handedly. A lot of us are one woman or one man shows and I choose not to believe that it limits what we can do. Truth? I get it done because I’m crazy competitive and I have to.
A great example is Camp EtsyNooga. I got 3 days off desk in August to tie together over a year’s worth of…
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