Advice to New Librarians 2: know your values


As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, the very nice Mylee Joseph asked me whether I had any “hot tips you’d like to share with newbie library types” for her  New Librarians Symposium 8 keynote.


The first one was about taking a career break. The second is about knowing your own values.

“Know your own values and don’t waste time working somewhere that is not a good fit for them. Think about whether your daily job activities and the aim of an organisation work for you. Libraries allow you to work in knowledge management to maximise profits for high end Fortune 500 companies or to do literacy work with educational charities. Having your values challenged is healthy and worthwhile and should not stop you from taking a position. Making yourself unhappy or ill if you take a job because you would feel “unambitious” or like you were wasting an opportunity, will waste your time.

(By the way, if you want to play #blogjune and have not, or are already playing …. and would like a topic for Wednesday 28 June, then please be part of my Time Travel Challenge and answer one or both of these questions … and post a link to Twitter with the #blogjune hashtag:

  1. If you could go back and tell your 20 year old self one thing that was going to happen to you between then and today, what would that be?
  2. In 20 years time (presuming the world gets better, not worse) what do you think will be the biggest technological difference between your life now and your life then ? )


What do you think? Let us know.