I just had a thought. Sometimes in public libraries, the skills I’ve learnt so far and I’m sure the skills that my colleagues have acquired in their respective careers, aren’t put to good use in their position or organisation.
Sure we should all strive to do the most we can for our organisation, to work towards the strategic aims and goals, and to do everything in our power to be the best we can be.
But when someone asks you if you can help them with the photocopier, like how a person working in IT might feel being asked to replace the toner in the printer, we can’t help think that we’re being underutilized. All those years of studying for a library qualification, learning the ins and outs of reference interviews and formulating a boolean search and learning the intricacies of multiple databases, and you’re photocopying and issuing books. We are more than that. Like IT people are more than computer fixers.
I don’t know. Just a small thought.