From cataloguing, to shelf ready, to metadata/resource description team, to complete outsourcing internally as well as externally, I am feeling in despair at the loss of the specialist (metadata) element of my role, however I am determined to be positive about my future in libraries. So instead of hitchhiking out of here, this is what I am going to do:
- a positive attitude or inner dialogue
- maintaining confidentiality where required
- acting with integrity and respect
- organised but with a degree of flexibility
Continue the library qualification and pursue a Cilip accreditation
Consider side steps even a GTP
Continue with my MA Art History
Research Professionalism in this industry and blog about it!
- Use Alice in Librarylands post and Magpie Librarian’s post to generate some thoughts in professionalism and advocacy
Generate some new ideas around new role (what this is coming soon) and work through in a problem solving fashion.
I will need to reconcile my Big picture,my much strived for (in the face of adversity) career. I wanted to be a Chartered librarian, to be something that has purpose and meaning, and I have spent the last 10 years aiming for this whilst raising my young children alone. It has always been important to me to be recognised and valued and have purpose. My new role will be management based; and this currently doesn’t ‘sit’ with me on a personal level as I have studied for so long, and strived for so long to be involved in actual librarianship, whatever name or guise that may take. So I will need to reconcile my new daily tasks with any job satisfaction I can derive from that. I will be able to do this in a positive way by understanding the context of the role and by accepting this new role – by making it work on a personal level as well as within the team.
I have made several leaps of faith in my journey within librarianship, taken several risks and deviations from my plotted career path and personal security boundaries. I now face a new challenge: acceptance and toleration.
I am still part of High Visibility Cataloguing as I started this initiative with Celine last year, and remain proud of the fact that we are raising awareness and visibility of the work that cataloguers and metadata types do. I am particularly proud that we seem to be promoting positive advocacy for information professional roles as a whole, so as well as continuing to contribute on the HVCats blog on this subject, look out for more reviews and thoughts around professionalism, surviving change, visibility, and the benefits of personal development mentors.
Disclaimer: This blog post went through several transitions as I worked through grieving for the loss of the specialist part of my job role. Under no circumstances should anyone truly believe that I have remained calm and collected throughout this process!