At the same time Awful Library Books seems to have a new found popularity with mainstream entertainment blogs. It is exciting and exhausting. I feel like I am living with these awful library books all the time! I was also mildly shocked at the attitude toward weeding. Who knew that a fundemental aspect of collection management would upset so many people. I couldn't believe how upset and angry people got about weeding materials. I did not like that I was second guessing myself.
Rereading my own Practical Librarian posts I have decided that I need to take my own advice and reiterate my own objectives as a librarian. So here it is:
- I will keep an open mind to new ideas and ways to serve my public. The criteria will not be if it makes MY work life easier, but if it improve the service to the library patron.
- Technology is an integral part of libraries and library service. It will not wait for me to be "comfortable".
- Public librarianship is about serving ALL the public, not just the ones that are "nice". It is also about service to those who are irritating, difficult and unpleasant.
- Collections are dynamic and need to be evaluated, coddled, managed and pruned to be useful to the public that paid for it.