Sue’s insightful post on blogging got people thinking in a very good way about the nature of what they blog about and why they blog.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote the my blog is my soapbox. If there is an issue about which I’m interested, I will comment. I will comment in a general sense about work, but I try to be diplomatic about it. I have not said where I work, but it wouldn’t be too hard to find out.
I know my boss reads it from time to time, which can be a restraint on letting fly. There are times when my place of work (or MPOW- thank you @flexnib for that!) gives me the absolute shits, but I realise that is in part because the library is part of a much larger organisation, and we have little/no control over our destiny.
There are staff members who do/have blogged, but it’s not really mentioned or discussed.While there has been an emphasis in the past couple of years on professional development for staff, it took a while to convince the library manager of the need to make people aware of Flickr and Twitter; it was only because our clients were using them, that they became part of the professional development program.
There are times I fear that librarians in special libraries are so focussed on their clients that they forget they are part of a greater professional association of librarians.
My time on my soapbox is up. I have two loads of washing to get dry, and a little girl to play with.
Last word are: you are worthy. If you have an opinion, say it. People will listen.