Call Me Sentimental…
This post is not intended to make the next YA Librarian at Liliha library feel intimidated or inferior, (Tina I think you’re awesome!) I just wanted to blog about my feelings… I miss Sheryl and it hasn’t been that long. Technically I shouldn’t be missing her yet because it’s not like we see each other on a regular basis or correspond frequently, but there was something reassuring about having her around to talk to, bounce ideas off of, and glean information from. I know she’s still around in a different capacity and will no doubt be an awesome adult services librarian, BUT she was one of my YA Librarian heroes. Not saying that everyone else who’s still in YA is chopped liver, but it’s going to be odd not having Sheryl around at the meetings. It was always great to hear about her TAG, her programs, and opinions on thought provoking books.
Sheryl leaving YA makes me wonder about my own longevity as a YA librarian. How long will I last? And who’s going to be the next one to leave us? Why are all the branch managers adult services librarians? Can’t you be a YA Librarian and a branch manager? What does that say about YA librarianship? Moreover what does that say about our organization’s valuation of youth services? Are we only good for Summer Reading Programs and crafts?
Anyway, I’ll stop now because when you get me started on this topic, it’s hard to stop me. And for those of you who know me in person know that I can talk a mile a minute–which isn’t always a good thing especially when I start to become impassioned and nonsensical.
So in summation, I miss Sheryl. I don’t want to see more YA Librarians go the way of the adult… at least for now. Although if you feel it’s right for you, don’t let me stop you.