The Abc’S Of Librarian’S Success In A Workplace

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Lecture given by Rev Fr. Paul Ma. De Vera during the Rizal Librarians forum

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The Abc’S Of Librarian’S Success In A Workplace

  1. 1. THE A B C ’s OF LIBRARIANS’ SUCCESS IN A WORKPLACE Fr. Paul M. de Vera, OSB
  2. 2. <ul><li>Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British politician and author once said: &quot;The secret of success is constancy of purpose.&quot; We all want to succeed in every endeavor we do. But in our daily experience, this is far from real. More often than not, there is struggle. More than constancy of purpose, it requires hard work. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>As there are twenty six letters in the English alphabet, I'd like to share with you some simple insights and ways that can help us librarians enjoy our work and succeed as well in our respective libraries. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A ccept and welcome fellow librarians both in words and deeds. No librarian is an island. Librarianship is about teamwork. A strong support system and a beautiful partnership in the workplace no matter who or what they are is an important ingredient in our success as librarians. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>B e kind and considerate. &quot;A kind heart,&quot; says Washington Irving, &quot;is a fountain of gladness. making everything in its vicinity freshen into smile.&quot; Always begin the day with a fresh new look. Hang your concerns at the door post the moment you step out of the house. Never pick them up again. To make peace with one's adversary before the sun sets. (RB 4:72) Being kind to fellow workers gives you positive vibes especially when you get smiles and thank you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>C reate a positive, can do atmosphere. Communicate effectively to ensure that a job is done. Be generous with praises for work done well. Repeated affirmation can boost the morale of the staff. Connect with positive greetings - there is power in words that lift your spirits and those around you. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>D on’t insult or demean anyone. Fraternal correction and criticism on job performance should be done in private. Settle any misunderstanding immediately. The library is not an &quot;experimental house&quot; where &quot;a tooth for a tooth&quot; philosophy is observed. Let us help one another grow and avoid pulling down others as if we were crabs. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>E ncourage excellence. Fear and suspicion stifle progress. Avoid jealousy for Shakespeare said: &quot;O! beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is a green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.&quot; Encourage the staff to attain higher levels of achievement through participation in conferences, seminars and workshops, enrollment in graduate school, and continuous reading as well of professional books and magazines. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>F orget about past wrongs done to you. Anger, ill-feelings, and unforgiving attitude bring down the morale of the library staff. Sincere dialogue and open communication relieve pain and heal whatever &quot;wound&quot; has been inflicted. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>G row smarter and wiser. Learning is a life-long process. It doesn't stop and should not stop. Learn something new each day. Learn about computers. Take up crafts. Do the gardens. Always do something. Never let the brain idle. Be not a friend of Alzheimer's. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>H ang around with positive people. Dave Cowens, one of the most talented and outstanding NBA players explained his unprecedented achievements both in sports and business: &quot;I surround myself with positive people. Always pay a listening ear when wise people speak. You will learn new and fresh ideas.&quot; He also said, &quot;a lost game or a loss in business is a temporary setback. There is always another day.&quot; Surround yourself with what you love -- family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>I nsist on smiling at everyone. The late Mother Teresa advised the housewives &quot;to meet their husbands with a smile&quot; in order to keep them. An easy smile makes the Filipino distinct. Librarians, though known to be strict, should always greet their clientele with the famous Mona Lisa smile. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>J oin clubs and programs at your job. Our association is a very timely response to this need. The PAASCU and other accrediting agencies look favor to librarians and the staff who are active members in professional organizations. Take advantage too of attending programs and activities sponsored by your respective schools for enrichment purposes - whether physically, mentally, or spiritually. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>K now that work is only a part of your life, not life itself. Avoid being workaholic. Go home immediately after work. Spend sometime throwing a ball with your son or dressing the doll with your daughter. Someone said: &quot;Work is the least important thing and the family is the most important.&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>L augh often. The inimitable Charlie Chaplin offers a very sensible and sound advice: &quot;Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease of pain.&quot; READER'S DIGEST’s &quot;Laughter is the Best Medicine&quot; is still the best medicine there is. The happiest person is the one who thinks the most interesting thoughts. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>M ove around daily. Don't become a cubicle potato. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what can be improved, get help. One librarian offers us her daily routine after dinner: &quot;I take a walk every evening for physical, mental, and emotional benefits. I take a deep breath of clean night air, then pause to remind myself of the sacred things in my life: family, work, good health, and so on. On the need for rest or vacation, St. Thomas Aquinas has this to say: &quot;Neither a man's mind nor a man's body can always be at work, because the amount of his energy is limited. A person needs to rest between his work hours so he can work better.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>N ip n egative values in the bud, such as laziness, nagging, and grumbling. Stop being quarrelsome, being difficult to get along with. Have time for yourself. Identify your strong points. Improve the weak ones. An unapproachable librarian drives away potential readers and becomes the object of endless talks and comments, most if not all are uncharitable. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>O pen your mind to new ideas and new friendships. This is what Ralph Waldo Emerson declares: “The key to every man is his thought... He can only be reformed by showing a new idea which commends his own.&quot; New ideas spur progress. Membership in professional organizations offer us opportunities to meet new friends. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>P unctuality is a virtue. Be on time all the time - in meeting others, in attending functions, in doing one's work. It connotes cooperation, respect, consideration, tolerance, readiness, responsibility, and kindness. It is a key trait for librarians. By the way, there is only one universal time. There is no such thing as &quot;Filipino time.&quot; </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Q uit insisting on being right all the time. Someone quips, there are three sides in an argument: your side, my side, and the right side. Weigh all options, arguments, and reasons before making a decision. Perhaps compromise is the better solution to the problem at hand. Be practical for the only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>R each out to an associate who is struggling. True and sincere friendship is tested in times of adversity, not in prosperity. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>S tretch your abilities. Librarians need special talents and skills on such as artistic interests, writing, and so on. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>T alk about your goals to those who can help you achieve them. Regular staff meetings open the chance to discuss such matters. On a more personal basis, the head librarian should be open to suggestions and plans conceived by the staff for the common good. Set goals and establish pragmatic accountable measure to actually finish what you start. No task is ever useful unless completed. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>U ncomplicate your life. Meddling in the affairs of others and worst, gossiping, destroys not only the good name of a fellow librarian but damages irreparably beautiful relationship/s. There are three things that should never be discussed with your co­workers: your love life, your medical history, and your salary. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>V indicate yourself by your upright conduct, not excuses; e.g., blaming traffic for getting late to work. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>W ait to talk. Don't wait to listen. It is uncouth to interrupt someone who is talking. Wait ‘till he is done. Communication is nothing without listening. Being argumentative, or monopolizing the discussion can turn-off fellow librarians. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>X erox humorous quotes and riddles. Share them with others. Forward text messages that are uplifting, inspiring, and informative. Share with fellow librarians relevant articles, clippings, etc. Don't pass on dirty or green jokes. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Y ank hurtful words from your speech. Harsh words are like sharp swords piercing the hearts of the innocent. Not to curse those who curse us, but rather to bless them. (RB 4:32) Learn to forgive. The inability to forgive is false pride, and hurts one more than the one who wronged you. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Z ero in on what you need most to accomplish, and do it. Tap into your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is sharing with others what you have inside. It keeps you on a project after you're ready to quit. It gives you the courage to take risks needed for success. It's the fire in the belly that says, &quot;Don't wait.&quot; </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>At first, these ways may overwhelm you. Perhaps you wish you can only do half of them. That's fine. But keep on doing them until all twenty six ways become a part of you. </li></ul>
  31. 31. That in all things god may be glorified

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