Thursday, January 3, 2013

Final Post Here

I was a new librarian when I started this blog. I may still be relatively young, but I don't feel so green anymore, and lately I find I have less to say. I'm hoping this is a sign of maturity and not complacency.

Looking back, I wonder if some of my attempts to be honest rather served to put my ignorance on public display -- some of my early posts make me cringe. I used this space to mull over ideas and problems, and this was messier and ultimately perhaps less useful than if I had presented successes and accomplishments.

Having said that, it seems like a good idea to leave this up for a year or so even though I will no longer be posting. Maybe it will assist other librarians who are entering the profession; maybe it will be a useful example of the form. For now it will also stay on my resumé, which reflects the idea that having a blog is an asset rather than a liability.

For the duration of the time I that I posted here, I was a community college librarian. Was I unique in regularly and publicly narrating the community college librarian experience? At the current time, I'm aware of only one other community college librarian writing in a similar way. I wish there were more! I was initially attracted to working in community colleges due to the combination of academia and social activism, and subsequently I have found many additional things to admire, but the inherent provincialism is worth occasionally leaving behind.

What's next? I do naturally enjoy writing, and I have a couple of projects in mind. Related to the previous paragraph, I would like to work with other community college librarians on a writing project. And if I can find a way, I'd like to contribute to meaningful scholarship

4 comments:

  1. I haven't commented much, but I have enjoyed your writings throughout the years. Good luck in your future endeavors!

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  2. Very sad to see your blog come to an end. I've only recently been following your blog but, I definitely related to the things you posted about and was frequently inspired. I am also a NJ librarian. Good luck with your future projects!

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  3. Thanks for the shout out to my blog! You've inspired me tremendously over the years and I've used some of your great ideas in my own job. Best, Julie C.

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  4. Olivia - I didn't get a chance to chat with you at the recent VALE meeting. I did check your blog from time to time and am disappointed to see it go. I still maintain my librarians blog, but have been having trouble finding topics. My blog is written from the perspective of a research university rather than a community college. I must be careful not to use it to rant since anyone can see it. I admire younger librarians like yourself who are enthusiastic about the profession. Take care.

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