During the last two weeks my energy and enthusiasm concerning my future in the information/library profession has exploded. The ‘Big Tent Librarianship’ article by Andy Woodworth started a flow of conversations and future plans to get the ball rolling are already in the works. There are so many other wonderful contributors who have share their thoughts- I would like to publicly acknowledge their efforts and share with my readers….
I have been deeply moved by the ‘7 attributes/words of advice’ in Roy Tennant’s Open Letter. I respect Tennant’s honesty and no-nonsense approach in sharing his professional insights that have helped guide him on his current path. After reading Tennant’s Open Letter, I felt a sense of validation and satisfaction on my current path. With that being said, I would like to share how I am currently using 2 of the 7 attributes. (1) KNOW YOURSELF, (2) FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE- All of which I will share with you now.
KNOW YOURSELF- This is something that I feel is absolutely the most important thing to do. Both professionally and personally THIS IS A MUST! I believe that unhappy people don’t spend enough time getting to know themselves personally. I believe it is important to figure it out because it makes your journey in life more enjoyable. I agree with Roy’s advice, “knowing what engages you, what bores you, and what frustrates you” are keys elements to a successful career. That is why I choose the technical services route- I am a systems-oriented person. I like processes and technology. I like challenging situations and thinking fast on my feet. TOOLS of ACTION: Try Taking Jung Typology Test- this test measures your temperament, strengths, and matches you with suitable careers.
FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE- Absolutely love this one. I completely echo Tennant’s suggestion to “identify some things you can do within your talents, that DEEPLY interest you, and you can ENVISION potential success.” I choose to develop a stronger competency skill in technology by first creating a blog, volunteering my time with ALCTS to learn about technical services related ideas, and following current trends through literature reviews. My strengths are in communication- connecting with people and finding resources through research. TOOLS of ACTION: Read StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath- this book is very instrumental in providing you with details on how to put ACTION behind your strengths, volunteer your time with a local/web-based initiative, seek additional training through ALA continued education courses.
HumanMetrics (1998-2011). Retrieved from http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
Rath, T. (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. New York, NY: Gallop Press.