Dear somewhat-still-new librarian who did not receive a banana slicer (per a recent realia-based meme in which Some People were anonymously mailed banana slicers), was not anointed as a Mover & Shaker, has not been tapped for Emerging Leader, ran and lost for an association office or didn’t even get nominated in the first place, has been too busy raising a baby/goat/library/career/yurt to blog, tweet, post on Facebook, and publish all over the place, and at times feels a wee bit Uncool:
Banana slicers are hard to clean.
Many, many, many of those chosen over time to be Movers & Shakers are wonderful librarians. But statistically, not all. (Please, M&Ts, do not read this as Free Range Librarian Is Trashing Movers and Shakers. It’s just a natural law of population density that if you gather enough people in one room, at least one will be a doofus.)
Emerging Leaders: see above, Movers & Shakers. Yes, it’s a wonderful wonderful initiative! Yes, it helps the young’uns grow strong librarian bones twelve ways! But the law of population density is immutable.
Lost an election? Didn’t even get nominated? Dodged that bullet! (I grin over the fact that I serve on the ALA Nominating Committee… have been elected to ALA Council three times… and yet have never been nominated to run for Councilor at Large.) A colleague told me that Norman Horrocks, one of the most significant, larger-than-life librarians to have roamed our world, ran and lost for ALA President more than once.
A lot of published library literature is simply terrible, and far too many bloggers are unacquainted with Mr. Apostrophe and Ms. Comma. When the time comes to publish, you’ll have years of wisdom under your belt and far more patience with fiddly citation rules.
The odds are you’re amazing anyway.
Posted on this day, other years:
- Unconferences: teaching ourselves to fish - 2009
- Shakin' My Lady Lumps - 2007
- Librarians: Curse of Wikipedia - 2006
- Microsoft and Gay Rights: Linux, Anyone? - 2005
- FRL: The Mix Tape - 2005
- Last Call for LII Survey - 2005
- How to Talk at Conferences, Continued - 2004
- Librarians who Write - 2004
- The Pragmatic and Unimaginative Shall Inherit the Earth - 2004
- Google's SafeSearch - 2004