Some tasks are just not that much fun; filing, cleaning the shower, updating your CV. You can pay someone to clean the shower, and you can throw all your filing in a box and hope you never need it. But your CV? Updating it is one of those jobs that really is easier if you do it regularly.
I have worked for the same organisation for over 20 years, but I update my CV annually. In the last 2 years I have used to CV to support my application to join the LIANZA Professional Registration Board, which was successful, and to apply for the role of Editor of Library Life, which was not successful.
My manager is retiring in December and, having been her Deputy for some years now, I will be applying for her role. Instead of having to worry about the state of my CV, I know it’s good to go, and can concentrate on other things, such as ensuring I can clearly articulate my vision for the future.
What state is your CV in – do you update it from time to time, or only when you need it?
I have been reading quite a lot about the work of the librarians in Ferguson, who have stood up for the people in their community and offered a safe refuge amongst the turmoil that’s followed the death of an unarmed young man by police. They have put neutrality aside and taken a firm stand for their community – you can read more here.
I love my two communities and am passionate about providing for our kids and teens. I try to take everyone at face value and not judge based mental health, wealth, race, colour, physical ability, sexual orientation and so on. Respect me and I’ll respect you right back. I think we all need more #kindness in our lives and I try to start from a basis of kindness, even though some days I fail miserably (as most of us do…).
The Ferguson librarians have gone way beyond merely welcoming anyone in their doors. By the way, it’s the librarians, not the library, doing amazing things - the library is simply a building. Would I dare to take such a clear, and ultimately political, stand? Do I have the guts for it? I just don’t know. I hope so, and I hope my community never needs to find out. In the meantime, my thoughts are with the people of Ferguson.
Photo by Mitch Ryals, RiverFront Times. 20 August 2014
Two years ago I had a car accident due to a drunk driver and damaged my shoulder. This led to de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, a painful inflammation of the tendon that runs from thumb to shoulder. Aka texter’s thumb! They threatened to put my wrist in plaster 18 months ago but we got it under control.
My husband has some serious health issues and, while he was out of town for two days seeing the surgeon and discussing some very, very scary options, I crafted endlessly because it’s my stress relief. Overuse of scissors = major flare-up. I am doing no art, craft, letter writing or blogging for a while to let it heal. See you all in a week or three…
Today I have been reading an article someone has sent for the community newspaper my husband and I publish every month, about the WWI Roll of Honor board at Kakaramea. the same person sent me one last month about the Alton War Memorial. It’s got me thinking about all the amazing information we hold, and the fact that quite a lot of it is not easily findable for people. I’d love to get it all digitized, but that takes time and money. On the other hand, I’m aware that increasingly it is the unique holdings of museum and libraries that are significant. I think this is a project that has to go on my ‘needs doing’ radar. Just add it to the list….
And from this month’s as yet unpublished Patea & Waverley Press — The photo below is Frank Anthony. His father ran the Manutahi Hotel in the early 1900s. Frank & his 3 siblings went to Kakaramea School during this time. Then the family moved to a remote farm at Whakamara. When WWI broke out he joined the Royal Navy & was injured in 1916, with long term lung damage, he was repatriated back to NZ in 1918, & returned to Taranaki.
These are some of the things that have inspired me recently, right up till this evening:
- Seeing New Professionals working hard on their careers
- Watching Twitterbrarians being so dedicated to what they do
- The #LIANZA14 programme – really looking forward to it
- My new art supplies (not that I bought any, of course!)
- The #LIANZAcba winners tonight
- A new art group on FB that’s great fun
- My staff, who just keep on rocking
- The new girl’s bookclub in Waverley that they are running themselves
I watched Lotta Dann on Seven tonight talking about her alcoholism, and how she has beaten it. She chose to tackle it on her own, but many (most?) people need help. I admire her for speaking out, and Corrin for being so supportive.
I’ve written about this before, but it sticks with me, so …. a few years ago a young man wanted to get a job at the local meat works but couldn’t because he failed the drug test. We encouraged him to quit the drugs and he talked to us often. All we could do was encourage him, and suggest support networks. When he got the job he came in to tell us and was so proud of himself, and excited to be earning good money.
We are in a unique position to help people in so many ways, which is a huge privilege but also brings a burden of confidentiality. We have to make sure we take care of ourselves and each other, because people’s stories can be harrowing. Do you have a support network so you can keep supporting others?
I try hard to be organised. Honestly, I do! As a full time library manager with two committee roles, and active art practice and a monthly community newspaper it pays me to keep my ducks in a row. Can you hear the but coming?
I use GoogleDocs, EverNote and OneDrive. They are all okay but none does quite what I want, and may be because I am not sure exactly what it is I need. Do I need instant access anywhere, or brilliant searching/filing tools, or easy sharing or? The other problem is lack of consistency on my part. One committee email gets filed in EverNote while another goes in a folder in my Inbox.
Does anyone out there have the perfect ducks in a row solution? I’d love to hear about it.
We’re doing a cool Instagram competition for our teens as part of the coming school holidays and the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. I’m excited because, I hope, the kids will be excited.
My staff and I are coming up with ideas of how the kids can earn the segments on their Hell Pizza wheels – so far we have come up with quite a few choices and need to select three or four of them. Here’s what we have so far:
Email/facebook us a book review.
We organise questions and clues for them to find certain books and answer some questions about the books.
Answer some questions from the library catalogue that we have prepared.
Create an illustration (graffiti art or cartoon etc) from a book they have read.
Do the Instagram competition.
Complete a page of the holiday booklet.
Come in and read for 5 minutes to a librarian.
Read a finalist book and get 2 clicks on your pizza disc.
Tell us about what you read.
Draw us an A4 picture about a book your read.
Write a short book review.
A colleague and I are in Wellington for some r&r prior to me attending a LIANZA meeting tomorrow. We have shopped, although I suspect that should be SHOPPED, and had amazing food. But we have also visited Te Takere, and had a tour of NZMS with Andy Fenton @fentnz this morning. Because librarians just can’t help themselves…