Confessions of a Teen Librarian: Holiday Edition with Christie G
There’s been a lot of talk lately in the blogsphere (or maybe I just have been seeing the wrong blogs) about the perceptions and expectations about librarians. To my mind, there have always been expectations that go with certain aspects of the profession, but that those that work with youth tend to get pigeonholed more than most.
It’s like we’re all to be cut from the same dough, that teen (and youth) librarians and specialists have to like certain things (*cough* Twilight *cough*), to be uber happy and joyful and sugary sweet. Like this. And when you’re more like this, it’s BAD.
Hmmm. I don’t think so. You can’t bend your personality into something that it’s not meant to be- it’s not healthy mentally or physically, and it’s definitely not something to model to the youth that we work with on a daily basis. We all have to put on a public face when dealing with things, but not everyone has an outlet to share them. Whether it’s a journal, blog, vlog, screaming at the wall, a best friend, a significant other, a pet- sometimes you just have to let it out. And it seems like the holidays mean we have to hide most of all. So….
I’ll tell you my holiday secrets if you tell me yours in the comments….
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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