Job Posting Thoughts
I just sent out postings to several listservs and put a notice on our web page about a job opening for the Coordinator of Adult Services here at the Library. The current head is retiring after being here for over 25 years. She’s a good friend of mine, and with her departure I’ll become the senior functioning librarian on the staff in terms of years here. (This doesn’t count administration.) Several friends and co-workers have asked me if I intend to apply for this vacancy. I certainly have the qualifications and knowledge to do a good job in this position. Then reality hits and I come to the conclusion that I’m simply too old to compete when I’m already old enough to draw early Social Security. Would I have filled out an application ten years ago – certainly. Even five years ago I might have considered it. Now it seems foolhardy. I can’t tell you how sad it makes me to openly acknowledge that there are challenges I can’t accept and jobs I can no longer hope to obtain. What remains is being the very best, up-to-date electronic resources librarian that I can be. There are still productive years left in my career. I still want to leave a mark on my profession, no matter how small. But today, I know that I’ll never take over the office of my retiring friend.
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