Library Careers & Snowstorms

Snowstorms are unpredictable

Snowstorms do not live on a time table and can be very inconvenient

Can a snowstorm metaphorically describe one’s library career? In recent years, studies have been conducted to focus on the trends in library careers. Snowstorms, like library careers are unpredictable, challenging, but can also be exciting. While stuck in my car, I decided to jot down some notes for this blog. The following written passage is my personal journey of being stuck in the unexpected snowstorm during rush hour traffic.

Yesterday was my 3rd day at my new job and it was awesome. The training has been invaluable and I have already received an email from a lender complimenting my work performance. While working yesterday afternoon, DC gov’t employees received a Winter advisory email allowing for early dismissal to get home safely. I was sad to leave the office at 3pm, but as a Maryland commuter seeing the 100+ people ahead of me awaiting to board the train made me feel somewhat relieved to beat rush hour nightmare. I made it safely to my commuter parking lot and I was greeted by the sound of falling hail. I was on the highway 5 miles from home when my driver-side windshield wiper blade broke. Needless to say, I was one of those car owners who abandoned their car to seek safety. I will save the details of all the time spent calling the insurance company, calling my family/friends, and hiking a 1 mile trek to seek shelter.

So what do snowstorms and library careers have in common? Well— nothing really. From a librarian stand point, this snowstorm was a ‘teachable moment’ for me. I wonder how many others who were stranded or left their cars knew what to do? If I had the opportunity, I would organize a program or even call my local library and suggest that they create a program to educate the community on how to prepare with unexpected snowstorms. As a transplant from Atlanta, Georgia — I was not prepared to deal with navigating through the nasty weather.

Readers, how would you handle this? Do you know who to call if you were in my situation? Would you abandon your car? Do you know who to call to recover your car? Stay tuned for additional information on staying prepared for inclement weather.

Additional References & Readings

Marshall, J.G., Moran, B.B, Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2010). The Academic Library Workforce: Past, Present, and Future. Library Trends, 59(1-2), 208-219.  DOI: 10.1353/lib.2010.0030