Hoist by my own enthusiasm

Chris Overworked

Image: Flickr Commons : Ferrell McCollough
It’s nearly the end of what has been a crazy and chaotic year in my life as a school librarian.

I haven’t blogged since May. Why? Possibly because I am doing the work of more than one Librarian and sabotaging my own success by enthusiastically taking on too much.

For me the end of this year is a time of reflection, on the good and bad. I should be patting myself on the back for having been an integral part of a team that successfully launched ebooks into our school and the hands of my students. Instead, I am feeling guilty about all the other things I didn’t do well. ‘Stretched too thin’ is what comes to mind – with no area in my domain covered really well and most ‘at standard’, possibly some below.

Things I will muse over while on hoiliday:

  • how libraries are affected by the digital shift to e-content – it isn’t one format over another
  • how our roles in schools have changed – yes the future is exciting but someone still has to shelve the books!
  • why Librarians tend to take on and give too much and what it means for us professionally and personally
  • can I get my mojo back?

Would love some reflections from others in a similar mind space.