How do you cope?

Okay, I experienced this in undergraduate school, but it was different since I wasn’t actually working in the field while I was getting my degree.

When you’re in school, you learn an incredible amount. You get excited about the things that you are learning and you want to try to make your profession a better place. You have so many new ideas, and you want to try them out in a real world setting. That’s why it’s really nice to be working in a library while going to library school. You have all these guinea pigs co-workers and patrons around to test your theories.

Then you run into barriers. People in and outside the profession who aren’t interested in change. People who are comfortable in the status quo. People who have a very Library 1.0 view.

Is anyone else dealing with this? How do you cope? How do you get your message across when those around you dismiss you as “young and idealistic”? Any words of advice?



  1. Laura said,

    February 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    A guest speaker in my 701 class gave a great lecture on change and resistance to it. I’ll try to find the handouts she had and bring them to class… maybe they’ll be helpful.

  2. mstephens7 said,

    February 9, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Keep talking – and modeling the attitude you want. Also, kill them with evidence – good evidence in the form of articles, studies, blog posts, etc that make the case for the library moving forward.

    Good post – let’s see more suggestions…

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