Thing 16: Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published

Oh dear, I haven’t been looking forward to this Thing. I feel like a terrible advocate for librarianship. I used to be someone who would wax lyrical about how important libraries and librarians are and I wrote one or two small pieces for CILIP about the image of the profession and tried to argue with Tim Coates (once) and things, but that was a long time ago, when I was young and enthusiastic. I still believe libraries are important and librarians are great (and important) and librarianship can be a brilliant (and important) profession to be a part of, but I’ve spent so much of my ‘professional’ life over the last few years trying not to keep my head above water and not go mad with frustration or stress or whatever that I haven’t given much thought to being an advocate for my profession, apart from knowing that I am a terrible advocate for librarianship. I already said that, didn’t I?

Anyway, moving on. I need to stop using my old job as an excuse for being rubbish.  I should try to be a better advocate for the profession and do more advocate-like things. I do tell people what librarians actually do all day, if asked. Does that count?

This one is going to be filed under Must Try Harder.

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