The online workshop last Monday night made me think a little about how librarians can be their own worst enemies. I shudder when I hear these phrases uttered:
1. But the school HAS to have a librarian/library.
2. The research proves that libraries improve student achievement. (Subtext: So I don't have to.)
3. Kids can't come into the library at _________ time...
- because I have work to do
- because I might need to step out and they would be unsupervised
- because it is MY library and what I say, goes.
- because I need 4 weeks in the fall and spring to get it ready/shut it down
- (Subtext: Because they annoy me.)
4. I can't create a good program because I am in a fixed schedule.
5. Having a study hall in the library is out of the question.
6. I let the technology people take care of that (to a teacher who needs help NOW.)
7. Correct bibliographic format is absolutely critical (Subtext: No matter how brilliant the content.)
8. I can't work with a teacher who does not give at least _____ days/weeks/months advance notice.
9. The library catalog information has to conform to _________________ standards and I will spend all my discretionary time cataloging until it is!
10. Computers and the Internet are the bane of reading and rational thought. I refuse to learn about them.
11. Wikipedia/blogs/Twitter/etc. is not an acceptable source of information.
12. If only the principal/teachers/parents knew what I do they'd appreciate me!
13. It's my job to read so if I read on the job others can just think what they want.
14. But ALA/AASL Standards say ___________________________.
15. That kid has shown he can't be responsible so he'll never check anything out from this library again.
16. Computer games in my library? (Subtext: It would just bring kids in and they annoy me.)
17. I can advocate for my own program. I don't need anyone else vocally supporting it.
18. My expertise in children's/young adult literature makes me indispensable to my school.
19. I don't need to collect data about my program. My principal loves me.
20. I don't teach "computer skills." That's the technology department's job.
21. The right job title will make my position more secure.
OK, those are 21 fast ones off the top of my head and are dedicated to Chris Harris who sparked the idea.
I am not convinced that the profession as a whole is in a crisis. But I suspect a lot of librarians (who aren't reading this blog anyway) may be.
And rightfully so.
What other dangerous statements do you hear from your library colleagues that make you wince?