I've been thinking alot about the pressure we put on ourselves in our youth library world. We want to be good at our job and for our community but there is also a whole world out there in the profession that sings a siren song of opportunity and over-commitment. Striking a work balance, a professional balance and a personal balance is hard because of All.The Things. that call and call and call.
Two recent blog posts brought this into particular focus. The first was this one at House at Katie's Corner. Katie talks about those many things that pulled at her and drove her to exhaustion. In the end, she reminds herself why she is a librarian : "It’s not to have the best blog or the latest gadget or the best-written article in [although these things are fabulous]. I’m really doing my job to serve my people, my community, my kids. And if I focus so much on myself and how I stack up next to others, I’m not going to do the best job for