Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Elephant in the Room
I really should be reviewing Shelley Freydont's Foul Play at the Fair today. Instead I'm going to discuss the elephant in the room. Why has my blog seemed sort of scattered lately?
I'm job hunting. And, many nights when I come home from work, when I'd rather be reading or working on my blog, I'm applying for jobs.
I warned my staff weeks ago that they should all start looking. There is a referendum on the November ballot in our town to repeal a sales tax that went into place in August. If that sales tax is repealed, the city has to come up with $25 million to cover the operating expenses for the next year. That means cutting city services.
Today, the staff and public saw for the first time a document I saw last Friday. Even when you know it's coming, it hurts to see it in print. The proposal going to Council tomorrow, along with other enormous cuts to make up $25 million, includes the recommendation that if the sales tax is repealed the two branches will be closed, the Main Library will be given over to an outside agency to run, and all 55 staff members in the system will be let go.
So, send good thoughts and prayers our way. What is a community without a library? For about twelve years, I've had a bumper sticker on my bulletin board, one I bought in Nashville. It says, "A city with a great library is a great city." I've always felt that way. I've given my heart to my library, to the community my library serves, to Authors @ The Teague.
If my blog isn't quite up to snuff, please forgive me. I still love my blog, and I'm passionate about sharing books with all of you. But, I'm trying to find another community to love. Anyone looking for a good supervisor, in whatever field? (I'm just terrific as a staff supervisor. Ask any of my staff over the years. And, I could probably bring an excellent publicist/writer with me.)
Oh, and an added note. I'm thinking outside the box.
I'm the one flexible person in the library system. I've lived and worked in Ohio, Washington, D.C., Florida and Arizona. There's nothing keeping me here, as Jim said when we left Florida. I don't HAVE to be a librarian, as much as I love it. I've done authors' programming. I'm the twitter manager for our library system, and I spend a great deal of time using social media. I will say, I'm an excellent supervisor and manager of staff. I'm just looking for another position with people who are as passionate about their job as I am, and as are all the staff I've worked with over the years.
Wish me luck!