Monday, April 11, 2016

How Do You Say No?

As I sat in our district meeting recently it was brought to our attention that there had been complaints about librarians unwilling to help.  I contemplated the scenario where one would  come right out and say, "No, I will not help you."  But do we really have to use the word "no"?  Can our actions, facial expressions, body language say no?  As a librarian I took an oath to help my learning community.  Can the problem be a perception rather than my fellow librarians denying the services so needed?  When I began my career the perception was that we stayed in the library stamped books and read all day.  It was far from the truth but I realized that I alone MUST change this misconstrued perception of my role as a librarian.  I challenge everyone to eliminate any negative perceptions that my be lurking in the school or district.  Be a positive role model willing to help even when overwhelmed with tasks and responsibilities.   As many may know, unwanted perceptions can be devastating to the profession. Smile and use NO sparingly. 

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