Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, November 4th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 109 Comments
Last Friday morning, I went into work as usual. For me, anyway. My work schedule is 1:00 until 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday. One week, I work a Friday and am off Saturday while the next week, I’ll work Saturday and be off Friday. Once a month or so, there’s a Sunday thrown in, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
I’d just finished throwing out some discarded reference books since the Webster Groves Public Library is getting set to move back home. The renovations are basically finished so we’ll be shutting things down at the temporary location after November 18th and opening back up on December 3rd.
Then the boss wants to talk with me about something. I go into his office, sit down and hear that the library’s Board of Directors had decided on a little staff reorganization. Long story short, the position of reference librarian, which, by the way, is my job title, will no longer exist after the first of the year.
My boss, a really good guy, was nice about it. He told me I could take the rest of the day off if I wanted, which I did. Which was good since any sort of productivity became impossible and I basically spent most of the last two days drunk, crying or both.
Here’s the funny part. This was actually not a shock. A few weeks before(and that cartoon illustrates it), I tried to convey to the people who work the WGPL reference desk that the information business has changed and that reference rooms and reference librarians have to change with it.
I expected this. I just didn’t expect it so quickly.
So I don’t know who to be mad at. The Webster Groves Public Library for screwing me over one more time. Or myself for sticking with a job that passed its sell-by date a long time ago.
But don’t worry about me. I guess there are researcher jobs out there so don’t go indiscriminately hitting the PayPal button just yet.
Unless you want to. In which case, go for it.
UPDATE: Words cannot express how grateful I am to all of you for all your prayers, encouragement and support. You literally have no idea how much it means to someone like me. Like I said, I’ve got a job for two more months and then we’ll see what we’ll see; I really haven’t even started thinking that far ahead yet.
As of the first of this month, I also have four weeks vacation coming so I don’t know how that’s going to work. But I’ll turn something up, most likely out of town and hopefully in the West. And I’ll have a whole lot less stuff to move this time.
In the meantime, regular snark should resume shortly.