Having written several posts about professionalism and being professional within librarianship, I wanted to expand on this notion in its application to ‘positive advocacy’ – a necessity in the current economic climate.
An advocate: someone who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea. This is what we should all be doing, not just for Libraries and librarianship, but also for our own personal values. Positive advocacy for your current role can help you to brainstorm outside of your framework or structure, it can lead you to new contacts and a wider networking group, and mostly, it can project your professionalism to a wider audience. Being professional particularly in times of change can be challenging, but there are motivational ways to deal with any negativity:
- Look for opportunities and personal development in any role
- Look for training opportunities for personal growth
- Look to be more flexible, helpful, and expand outside of your immediate contact/network group
- Communicate with as many other professionals as possible
- Use problem solving strategies to deal with barriers to positivity
- Use influencing strategies to obtain information and the attention of enterprising colleagues
Professionalism is all about rationality and balance. If you are to be an advocate for anything, anyone, or any role, then it is important to learn objectivity, logic and analytical strategies to override any emotional attachments you may have.