The Myth of Not Enough
The other day, a librarian I really respect was musing on Twitter that she wasn’t doing enough for the profession. I was so surprised to hear that because I always think of her as super active and doing really great things for her community. When do you know that you’re doing enough? Are we ever really doing enough?
Heather Booth has been working in libraries since 2001, and has been the Teen Services librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library since 2008. She is the author of Serving Teens Through Readers’ Advisory, and one of the editors of the forthcoming Whole Library Handbook, Teen Services, both published by ALA Editions. She is a regular blogger at the Teen Librarian Toolbox, a reviewer for Booklist, and a content contributor at Novelist. This year she plans to spend her spare time learning about robotics as a part of ILEAD-U, in between playground visits and catching up on Phineas and Ferb with her two daughters since she “only” works part time.
Are you doing enough? I think you probably are, even though I don’t know who you are. I know this because you are engaging on a professional level. This tells me that
When it comes down to it, I think this Myth of Not Enough has to be related to Impostor Phenomenon. They both seem to be more prevalent in women than in men, and in highly achieving folks. We have to convince ourselves that we are not impostors; we deserve what we have earned and achieved because we worked hard for it, just like we need to convince ourselves that our best efforts are just that. Your days are full, it’s just a matter of how you choose to fill them. Balance is just as valid as prestige.
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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