Sunday, September 5, 2010

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.



Last week our new library assistant who has never worked in a library before observed about working in a library "There is a lot that is done in libraries that is not noticed, but, if it isn't done, then it is noticed straight away."

Ain't this the truth?

I spent much of my time last week doing administration - resubscribing to databases, periodicals and newspapers, locating requested resources, prioritising cataloguing, checking statements, ordering, training new staff, ensuring links for our databases were all working, working on updating the website, prioritising tasks for the new year etc etc. Everything that would have been noticed if it had not been done, but no-one except me will notice that it has been done, or how long it took to do.....

No wonder libraries are under appreciated - so much that is done is unknown to the public or adminstrators view. How could we change this to make what we do more visible? Not do it?

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Title quote is from Marie Curie (1867 - 1934), Letter to her brother

Image taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/shovellingson/4240568512/in/photostream/

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