Thursday, January 3, 2013

Final Post Here

I was a new librarian when I started this blog. I may still be relatively young, but I don't feel so green anymore, and lately I find I have less to say. I'm hoping this is a sign of maturity and not complacency.

Looking back, I wonder if some of my attempts to be honest rather served to put my ignorance on public display -- some of my early posts make me cringe. I used this space to mull over ideas and problems, and this was messier and ultimately perhaps less useful than if I had presented successes and accomplishments.

Having said that, it seems like a good idea to leave this up for a year or so even though I will no longer be posting. Maybe it will assist other librarians who are entering the profession; maybe it will be a useful example of the form. For now it will also stay on my resumé, which reflects the idea that having a blog is an asset rather than a liability.

For the duration of the time I that I posted here, I was a community college librarian. Was I unique in regularly and publicly narrating the community college librarian experience? At the current time, I'm aware of only one other community college librarian writing in a similar way. I wish there were more! I was initially attracted to working in community colleges due to the combination of academia and social activism, and subsequently I have found many additional things to admire, but the inherent provincialism is worth occasionally leaving behind.

What's next? I do naturally enjoy writing, and I have a couple of projects in mind. Related to the previous paragraph, I would like to work with other community college librarians on a writing project. And if I can find a way, I'd like to contribute to meaningful scholarship


  1. I haven't commented much, but I have enjoyed your writings throughout the years. Good luck in your future endeavors!

  2. Very sad to see your blog come to an end. I've only recently been following your blog but, I definitely related to the things you posted about and was frequently inspired. I am also a NJ librarian. Good luck with your future projects!

  3. Thanks for the shout out to my blog! You've inspired me tremendously over the years and I've used some of your great ideas in my own job. Best, Julie C.

  4. Olivia - I didn't get a chance to chat with you at the recent VALE meeting. I did check your blog from time to time and am disappointed to see it go. I still maintain my librarians blog, but have been having trouble finding topics. My blog is written from the perspective of a research university rather than a community college. I must be careful not to use it to rant since anyone can see it. I admire younger librarians like yourself who are enthusiastic about the profession. Take care.