The Librarian In Black has responded to Dorothea Salo’s response to the constant question about whether or not library blogs belong on librarian resumes. The answer so far? There is no answer. Imagine that. A blurry line.
As someone who walks that blurry, shifting, man-eating line between “it’s about librarianship, and I have something to say, so I’ll blog it as a contribution to the literature” and “it’s about the daily life of my library so I can’t talk about it in public even if it might help someone to have a real example”, color me unsurprised.
I’m with the LiB, who writes,
And therein lies what I see as a problem with the biblioblogosphere. I am by no means the first person to point this out, but it is a shame that those of us working at real life libraries cannot or will not share our work experiences out of fear of reprisals. Because of this, we do not see many of the real life problems and opportunities facing our libraries. We see the happy-ending projects in our libraries reflected in the biblioblogosphere (‘cuz we’re allowed to blog about smiley face things without getting screamed at). But anything that would induce a “WTF?” response from the blogger in his/her work environment cannot see the light of day online.
This blog was created for three reasons.
- I love to write, and I want to contribute.
- Because our profession is not ready for full disclosure from its professionals, I needed to separate the personal and the private.
- I was told by someone in the position to do so that librarians who blogged with full attribution would not be hired by that library.
Because of #3, this is, in fact, an act of rebellion. What’s the URL? My name. Is my name common? Hell no. Did I just swear in a blog about libraries that has my name on it? Sort of. (I could do worse. Note the link to Monty Python in yesterday’s post, then extrapolate.) Why am I rebelling? Because I don’t like the attitude that Dorothea references when she writes “And when you get in trouble, no one will defend you. You shoulda known better, mate. It’s the Internet, after all.” Yep. It’s the internet. It’s the New World Of Online Communication. Get over it, and defend yourself against the people who can’t get over it. Rewrite the profession, if you have to. Stand up for yourself, fer goddsake.
So. Will I be listing this on my CV when next I apply for a job? No. But I know employers google candidates, and I want this face to come up first, see #2. For LOLcats and scifi geekery and knitting photos, you’ll have to find my anonymous, private face, which also isn’t on my CV. And anyone who finds this and doesn’t like what’s here… well, then, I guess they didn’t like me, very much. Good to know in advance.
And I don’t write about the day-to-day, or the failures, or the internal staff issues. And, like Dorothea and the LiB, I think that’s a shame. Because my experiences as a young manager, as a collections librarian, as a woman looking to be a leader in academia… they might be useful to my peers. For now, though, out of fear of reprisal, we’ll all just have to read between the lines.