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