It has been 4 months since my last post and a little over 6 months since I’ve been doing my job. 6 months because I don’t count my first month of August where I was getting acquainted with the people and things, then in Singapore for 2 1/2 weeks, then settling back in the week upon my return.
Today I sat down and did a personal 6 month review of myself and what I’ve done in my position. This isn’t required or anything, but there are so many avenues that I can go down with the job, I don’t want to get sidetracked. I now have a list of 10 things that I have done for the DE component of our library. And I feel as though I have failed. Someone posted somewhere a few months ago that “you don’t have to do all the things”. I really wish I could remember where I saw that or who posted that! I keep trying to remember that because I think I may be ahead of the game, but how do I know?? Is there some sort of scale to measure what you’ve done as a new librarian and if it’s enough? For instance, I have yet to officially be involved in NCLA or ALA. I created this statewide advocacy campaign for a committee of NCLA, but I’m not officially part of that committee. Also, I have been trying to get on some of the DE-based groups and sections of ALA, but haven’t heard anything back yet. So #1 on my “Do More!” list is to get more involved in an official capacity. I also just volunteered to be on the online learning committee for my university, so that’s something, but until it has been decided and made official, it’s nothing. I don’t know why I am so hard on myself. I just posted this on the board in my office today:
Because I need to be reminded every second of every day. I also put this quote up:
YOU ARE ONLY HUMAN.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE IT TOGETHER EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY.
Also, something I need to constantly be reminded of. I am just surrounded by fantastic, accomplished people that I want to be as fantastic and accomplished as they are. In my case, I have to remember though that I’ve only been in librarianship for 3 years in April. I started as a Page at Cameron Village Public Library in 2011. So, some things to remember with my career, and with life in general,…
- You don’t have to do all the things.
- Be patient with yourself.
- You are only human. You don’t have to have it together every moment of every day.
- Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.