At least once a week I hear from someone who is shocked at how I can juggle everything .. apparently I’m not alone.
I was chatting with a librarian friend of mine about general library stuff. I happened to mention a statistic I had read in a recent article – one I got through my aggregator, of course. In response, my friend groaned and rolled her eyes.
The stat itself wasn't the problem"¦ it made the point we were discussing more convincing and validated our shared opinion. But the fact that I had come across it online through a feed like that was what elicited her apparent disapproval. Well, maybe "disapproval" is the wrong word.
"Ugh," she said, "I don't know how you have time to do all of that stuff."
I was confused. "What stuff?"
"Oh, reading all those blogs and online articles and research and stuff," she replied, "I know I don't have time. I'm way too busy with my job. I guess they let you have time to read things like that?"
Well – I haven’t experienced the “disapproval” (in fact it’s usually the opposite – a bit of admiration at being able to handle it all) but I have had this conversation (just like) before.
Emily makes some great points about keeping up:
- It really doesn't take that much time.
- We need to keep informed.
- We need to rethink our priorities.
- Employers and supervisors need to support professional development.
The fact is that we can’t afford not to keep up – there is way too much happening and living in a bubble is not going to benefit our patrons – or our profession!