In thinking about a route back into librarianship, I wanted to share with you my last progressive and optimistic library role, where I believed I had a career with books and information.
This is a good article to read, as it reminds me and you, of a perspective that has trickled away from me.
When my role came to an end due to restructuring and outsourcing, I found myself in a position of being frowned upon for advocating librarianship. The person who led our Content team arrived one day in 2009, and after successfully smashing apart the librarianship based team, made her farewell in 2012 and moved along to another University library no doubt to do the same thing, leaving in her wake a disillusioned set of library assistants. It does, with hindsight, give me mixed feelings. She was obviously brought in to change business processes and to make this team work more effectively. In real terms, she smashed people’s beliefs, values and lifestyles. Although validated with CILIP, her personal beliefs were not in line with CILIP values and I wonder now how that could happen. It is also interesting that no other University libraries in the near vicinity followed suit. Please tell me if yours did!
Right now, I look back at that role and can see it was heading for outsourcing. The Subject Librarians that I worked with clung on by their teeth for their titles and mercifully avoided becoming Liaison Administrators. This makes me very happy.
So where am I now? Well I’m still a Metadata administrator but within the health sector…so severely lacking in books! The skills that I learnt I am thankfully still using. However, I do intend to pursue Librarianship and advocate Libraries for the sake of personal congruence. I hope that my colleagues of old found some librarian kind of peace in new paths including all of their redundancies.
Addendum: August 2015 and I am about to return to libraries in the form of Rare books cataloguer at Downside Abbey. I couldn’t be happier, and I think it will give me the opportunity to finally find some ‘librarian’ peace.