Solo Is Not Solitary
So What Are the Pluses? • You create your own process • You decide when to break the rules • The Collection reflects your judgments • In a word, Control
And the Minuses? • Handling It All • Multiple Requests at the Same Time – the Hyper-Quick conditioned response with little one-on-one time • “If I leave…the Library closes!” • Professional Isolation – No committee assignments • Social Isolation – “having lunch alone again?” Picture from zazzle.com
How to Cope • Physical Needs • Food and Drink • A “pantry” • How about a refrigerator? • The washroom • Warm enough? Cool enough? • The lighting you need
How to Cope • Professional Needs – A committee assignment • Some administrative control over library machines • An “ally” on staff • A department head “ally” • “Getting Out” time for quick purchases, a personal phone call or food • “The Library is Closed so That the Librarian Can Be a Part of the Community Too” Image from Polyvore.com
How to Cope … to Thrive • A teacher or staff person that can cover for you • A regular volunteer whose help is valuable • Quality student help
Some Considerations • When do Teachers or Staff Come for Help? • Why do Teachers or Staff Come for Help? • How to stay Connected: Professional Associations • How to stay Connected: Social Professional Web and Mobile based Devices • Would classroom teaching responsibilities improve the perception that teachers and staff have of you?