Wednesday, February 07, 2007

This is the end, my friends

Since the announcement of my impending departure many accolades and sweet words have been tossed in my direction. People speak of the work that I've done here and how much progress I've been able to make blah blah blah. Despite the fact that I think at least half of these people are bullshitting me, it's still a nice thing to hear and believe about yourself.

Today was my last team meeting. And I went in all charged up and ready to inspire and awe with the words of wisdom that I gleaned from the many interesting sessions at OLA. I went in there with the goal of making them see just how powerful the library can be, how intriguing and multi-faceted librarians are, how our patrons can make use of all the technology and tools of the future.

And what did I get?

Yah buts.

I freaking hate "yah buts".
"Yah but our population isn't savvy enough to use that technology"
"Yah but does our librarian really have time to be answering IMs"
"Yah but I don't have time"

Jesus Christ.
The worst part of it all is that I have no time or rebuttals for yah buts. I find myself unable to defend my profession and lacking the words to inspire them to different way of thinking. It's not that I want them all to roll over and blindly follow, but I'd appreciate a little bit of enthusiasm! A little bit of innovation! At least a smidge of "hmmm that sounds interesting"!!

I was left sad, upset and deflated.

My work here is done. The question "do we even need a librarian?" was enough to make my head explode.

Fourteen hours, six meetings, one goodbye lunch, one goodbye tea and approximately 200 emails away from the end.

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