After this conversation and others I had with new SUNY librarians recently, as well as my attendance at the recent SUNY Council of Library Directors annual conference, I have come to the conclusion that at several SUNY campuses, new librarians are not being allowed to thrive and grow as much as they could. I am not going to name any such campuses.
Here is my list of how to kill a young librarian’s love of librarianship:
- Do not allow out of the box thinking.
- Award only those that maintain the status quo.
- Blame people for failures.
- Call young librarians “cute” and ignore what they can really do.
- Tell them “NO.”
- Do not allow new librarians to try out different duties. Limit them to only what is listed in their job description.
- Maintain walls between departments.
- Demand unquestioning trust in what you do.
- Veteran librarians know best because that is the way it has always been done.
What would you add to this list?