Thursday, February 14, 2013
I'd make a horrible "Library Yes-Man"...
I am on the verge of declaring an all out war on the administration in my library system. They are taking the library I love and running it into the ground. The sad thing is, is that it seems that I am the only one against their plans. Well, until recently. I made two open comments posted on our internal blog directly questioning our library director's motives and reasoning.
After the second comment, my coworkers wanted me to check my voice messages because they wanted to see if I got a call from the director. I learned after leaving my first comment, that trying to talk to the director would only end in a never-ending game of phone tag. It seems that my second comment is actually getting a reaction from the rest of my coworkers at other branches. They seem to be in agreement with my statements and I hope that this will lead to some changes. No matter what I post on this blog, no matter what some readers may infer from my posts, I love the library and I will fight for the it and librarianship.
I posted the comment using my log in so my name was posted with it. The first two responses that followed were made anonymously from others working at two different branches. I can understand why people would be hesitate to post their opinions under their own names, they have become "institutionalized." They've been working in the library system for too long and/or they're worried about retaliation from admin. Quite frankly, I've had enough of it. Libraries have been screwed over enough by outside powers, I'm not going to sit around complacently while library upper management does the same to us.
I'm fairly certain that I have been blacklisted by upper management and HR so I honestly do not care about burning bridges. In fact, when my library friends warned me to "not burn bridges," I could only reply with, "What does it matter if that bridge doesn't lead anywhere?"