Wise advice on Job Qualifications
I’ve been cleaning out old files, and came across this gem:
Qualifications for the position of Media Specialist/Librarian, by Augie Beasley and Carolyn Palmer, originally published in The Book Report in January 1987.
- A great sense of humor for the times you’re kidded about ‘dusting shelves,’ ‘stamping books,’ or ‘needing a college degree’ for your job.
- A magic hat to turn limited library funds into quality programs.
- The ability to smile and bite your tongue at the same time.
- A thick skin, able to withstand critical comments from teachers and students.
- A strong foot for all those times you kick equipment when all else has failed.
- The willingness to find ways to meet requests rather than finding excuses.
- A crystal ball to assist you in reading minds while attempting to understand vague reference questions.
- A forgiving nature toward all those who find fault.
- The uncanny ability to change the lamp in a projector, answer a reference question, and schedule equipment while talking on the phone.
- Persistence to sustain yourself while you try to convince teachers to coordinate library skills instruction with classroom assignments.
- Plenty of patience in waiting for answers from teachers, looking for answers for students, and accepting answers from administrators.
- The ability to accept well-meaning advice and ignore unfounded criticism — and the common sense to know the difference.
- A personality that offers a lot of service with a smile.
Interesting how all of those qualifications are still relevant in 2012!