Office Hours: What Scares YOU?

What keeps you up at night?

I ask this question at some of my library conference presentations as a way to break the ice and get people sharing. The answers are usually in a similar vein: budgets, ebooks, and losing relevance. We might even call those answers the unholy trinity of librarian insomnia.

Relevance seems to be the most troublesome for our profession as we find ourselves yet again doing all those things that begin with “re”: reimagining, reinvigorating, and renewing this, that, and the other. And just as librarians struggle with relevance, I sincerely hope those of us in LIS education are doing the same. That keeps me up at night, especially when I hear from colleagues who question why they should be hiring MLIS grads when other skills and other degrees seem much more useful to the mission of the library.

Read the rest at Library Journalhttp://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/01/opinion/michael-stephens/things-that-go-bump-office-hours/

What scares you these days?

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