I am still thinking about that tumblarian post from yesterday, about blogging about patrons. And some of the responses to the original post I thought came from an especially privileged place.
We do have a responsibility to our patrons. They trust us and put faith in us. Sometimes the questions they ask are frustrating. You’re sent off on wildcat searches. Or maybe they do weird things, I don’t know. I’ve dealt with that too. But we also need to remember about all the different people who use the library. Some come from vulnerable and marginalized places. They deal with a lot of shit, to put it plainly. And I think to be blogging about some measly frustrating question on a hugely public platform is a betrayal of their trust. Why are you a librarian? Why are you in this? ‘Cause this is service. And if you don’t enjoy the service you do, then I don’t know about you. Librarians are people but so are your patrons. Tumblarians are pretty publicized now, and that means employers will be checking this out. Libraries and publishers check this out because they have their own tumblrs. Patrons have tumblrs. It’s pretty easy to figure out who’s who on here because it isn’t private.
Go buy a journal. Call up a friend. Be a little more professional.
An interesting discussion of what, well, we should be discussing here on Tumblr.