How powerful are you?

Nina Platt over at the Strategic Librarian blog has written a very interesting post on how ALL librarians need to "re-engage their power", their what you're probably thinking?! Nina's post is essentially a call for librarians to not sit back and accept what might happen during this economic crisis but to stand up for what they believe in and start communicating!

So what can we do to become more powerful, Nina makes a number of suggestions:

  • Learn to communicate
  • Quit accepting what others think instead of what you think
  • Manage your anger
  • Quit feeling sorry for yourself
  • Feel fear but keep going
  • Acknowledge you are right more often than not
  • Speak up!
  • Be assertive
  • Ask questions
  • Create a vision for the future
  • Share your ideas
  • If you are in a business library, learn about the business and think of your self as a business person first, librarian second
  • If you don’t like being thought of as a business person, find another type of library to work at where you fit in – your staying where you will give you a sense of being powerless and helps perpetuate the stereotype
  • Learn the language of other professions to improve communication
  • Keep working at it, you will see changes

Now if you've read that list, you might be thinking blimey that is some list and an imposing looking list as well but I believe Librarians are already doing some of these things, we just need to make sure we ALL do them and stand up for ourselves like we've never done before. If we don't who knows what might happen.