Wow! I’ve been a librarian for three years. It is crazy how much experience and perspective you receive from just three years into your professional career. I usually have two broad types of goals that I keep----sometimes as a librarian the lines blur between your personal and professional development. I do separate my work life goals from my home goals, but I do have friends who mix the two.
My 2016 Professional Goals:
- Build Leadership Skills
- Overcome Apathy
- Release Data: Finish Writing White Paper
- Renewed Advocacy
Building Leadership Skills
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having lofty goals. Maybe I won’t make a good supervisor, but who knows? I’m all about keeping my eyes open and continuing developing my managerial toolkit. If any windows of leadership opportunity open, I want to make sure they do not close.
I want to keep having strong feelings and doing positive deeds toward battling oppression.
Releasing Data: finish writing white paper
One of my last three year professional goals is to write a academic paper and publish it. I have outlines and data (I still need another year's worth of data), but after that I want to start putting this paper together and release it into the world.
It's very common for librarians to hear that “books are a dying industry.” I usually turn it around to ask the question, “is information really dying?” Just because you can afford access to gadgets and books does not mean that everyone in America can. The fact that people still have terrible prevalent views and stereotypes about libraries still means libraries and librarians have a long way to go. I always renew my passion of advocating the power of libraries every year.
This is just my fancy way of saying know thyself. It is easy for me to want to do everything that I can and it is so hard to say, "no." Wikipedia describes sustainability as the capacity to endure. I want to keep going looking happily forward to the awesome future that is in store for libraries. My own mental roadblocks (i.e. when I get frustrated and upset at bureaucratic conventions) can limit sustaining a positive viewpoint, which makes it hard to want to continue in the field. I think it is perfectly fine to acknowledge that while I be experiencing some world-weariness today, to not let that take away my joy and my mission for helping people enjoy unlimited access to information. I think sometimes we get caught up in the sustainability of our own library programs that we do not sustain ourselves. We become burnt out or discouraged due to politics, policies, and people. I want to keep going into 2016 believing that a work ethic and a good attitude can make a difference.