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Juggling it all

May - 14 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

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 Emily Clasper’s) before.

Emily makes some great points about keeping up:

  1. It really doesn't take that much time.
  2. We need to keep informed.
  3. We need to rethink our priorities.
  4. 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!

4 Responses so far.

  1. Emily says:

    Good to see I am in good company with this one. Juggling it all is not always easy, but I agree – it’s necessary. :)

  2. Karen says:

    True, it does take a bit of time to read … RSS feeds are a great help… you can view the content quickly and skim over what doesn’t interest you.

    Bottom line, more than not, … there is a piece of information which will end up HELPING you! (e.g. ultimately saving time, or giving you an idea that has never occured to you because you haven’t stopped your mind long enough to concieve of it, etc.).
    It is well worth the time!
    The old saying ‘two heads are better than one.” .. “200 heads are better than one”… which is the great thing about blogs, etc.

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