I have had a rough couple of months professionally and personally so I thought it would be worth it to remind myself why I got into this crazy life of library work. Of course we are under-appreciated, underpaid, over worked and have to do more with less. Can't fix that with a pithy blog post, but I can recite these (and many more reasons) to get up and face the music.
Librarians are all about the sharing
Whenever I am faced with problems be it personal or professional I am always amazed and thankful at the ability of my colleagues to give advice, commiserate, and almost drop anything to lend a hand. I can't think of a time where even a casual question on a blog or at a conference didn't garner a first rate answer. Need an idea for a program and have no budget? Need to solve a tough personnel problem? How about a book suggestion? Library people want to (and I think NEED to) share. As long as I know a librarian or two, I am NEVER without resources.
Libraries are never boring
I don't care if you are a visitor or an employee. It will always be a cool place to go and no matter what, you will have something to talk about at the end of the day. (I have had days that I can't believe I am being paid to be here! Okay, paid poorly, but still paid.) I have been doing this for over ten years and haven't had a dull day yet. Stressful, yes. Dull, never.
OCD tendencies are usually appreciated as a personality trait
Making order out of chaos is often the best basic job description of a librarian. Okay, maybe my house is a mess and I have a desk that could be condemned, but I love nice book processing, a clean catalog and tidy shelves. If I need to "relax" at work, let me shelf read or look at the shelf list for errors.
Book bags are cool
Ever since I started working in a library, I have found a magnetic attraction to book bags. Even the ugly ones.
Anyway, since I am not exactly pouring out the creativity lately, I figured I better just get out there and do my job. Yes, stable funding, a better economy, and a larger materials budget would be nice too.