Becoming a librarian seemed like a good idea at the time, and what the hell else was I going to do with a medieval history degree except go to graduate school? Being a librarian seemed like the perfect career for me…
Except, fifteen years into it, and I’m ready to walk away and spill the beans. People think being a librarian is stress free and relaxing, filled with beautiful books and happy patrons. Sure, It can be those things – but often it’s not. Not even close. I’ll give you the real dirt on the lovely absurdity that is being a librarian.
Mental illness, bad behavior, pooping in the stacks? I’ve lived it first-hand.
Librarianship has changed since I began. It started out as books, information, literacy, and people. But, it has turned into event planning, political agendas, data points, trauma-based social work, political correctness, and endless grant-chasing that erodes our core services.
This is a book about coming to terms with it all. It’s memoir of a fun, challenging, and bewildering career. It’s a memoir of the dark side of librarianship – how bad managers, bad policy, and outright bullying led to the death of a beloved work colleague. A year after his death, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44.
What does it mean to be a librarian these days? I think this book goes straight to the heart of it. The good, the bad, the ugly, the funny – a behind the scenes look at modern librarianship – the triumphs, the challenges and everything in between.
This is your Library Confidential.