Tennant: An Open letter to New Librarians

Roy Tennant has a lovely post up at LJ:


Roy offers some advice for success in librarianship, including these that speak to me:

  • Focus your efforts where you can make a difference. Identify some things that you can do that are within your talents, that deeply interest you, and for which you can envision potential success. This may mean starting small and working your way forward incrementally. Big things can be accomplished this way.
  • Savor success. The small ones as well as the big ones. Did you get that report finished? Good on you. Crack open the bubbly.
  • Savor the success of others. Praise a colleague who has accomplished something worthwhile. Take someone out for a drink who has reached a professional goal. Basking in their joy of accomplishment will warm your heart and encourage you.

Don’t miss the whole post. Roy’s writings about librarianship, learning and knowing yourself have been of great value to me over the years – including much inspiration for the “Office Hours” column. Thanks Roy!