Honeymoon

It’s been over a month since the last post and with good reason. I got married at the end of October in a wedding that I can only describe as perfect. Granted, I am biased on this account. Also, given that I have been married before this is certain to raise questions and/or ire in some people, but since I have no control over that I’m going to move on. It’s just how I saw it.

The event itself was on a gorgeous albeit windy (and therefore chilly) autumn day attended by a small group of family. The Wife and I wanted it to be a cordial and close knit family affair with some drinks, dancing, and the accoutrements that make weddings memorable experiences. Personally, my favorite wedding story comes from the ceremony itself which took place outside. The Wife had a veil over her face which upon entering into the sunlight turned it into a giant white wall through which she couldn’t see. All she could think about was that there were people who could see her so she had to keep smiling and rely on her father to guide over the asphalt and brickwork. She only saw me (and everyone else, for that matter) for the first time once she was right next to me.

These last few weeks have been about learning to live together since we had not before the ceremony and getting into a new rhythm and schedule. I’m both happy and sorry to say that this has been a rather mundane process punctuated with some amusement as we find where our pet peeves cross. In settling down with each other, I’ve also taken the time to put some distance and perspective on the library world. As hindsight tends to be 20/20, I’ve realized how overdue I’ve been for such a break. No one can keep up this kind of pace forever, especially on their own, and as other priorities assert themselves (family, eventual children, friends, hobbies) it puts it in its place.

Overall, I know that my interest in writing in this blog comes and goes, waxing and waning in the topic cycles of the library world. While there are issues that I like to follow, there are only some many times I can hammer on things like eBooks or intellectual freedom without feeling like I’m regurgitating stale points to the same audience. There is a difference between being a cheerleader and a strategic leader; while each has their own value, I’m starting to feel like I can’t tell the difference. Or, more importantly, which role I should be playing.

I’ve previously expressed my disappointment in the state of discourse in the columns and blogosphere of libraryland; with notable exceptions, the rest is bland, sterile, and eyerollingly passive aggressive. I don’t share as much as I used to on Twitter because there isn’t that much worthy of sharing. I would bet dollars to donuts that I’m not the only one who has seen the same pattern in the online librarian community.

I’m not certain what awaits in this blog and as downcast as I make this post out to be, this is not an announcement that I’m completely out of the game. I’m enjoying being on the proverbial bench, watching other people try their hand at this game of ours. In resting, I draw on my other major strength of being a catalyst for people and ideas. I’m a very social creature so I’m looking fine tune my extended network and see how I can help out from behind the scenes. That’s the action that interests me now, but I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop.

Just like the new life I’m starting with The Wife, I feel a new life coming on in my profession. It’s just a matter of taking it day by day.

7 thoughts on “Honeymoon

  1. Many congratulations on your new life Andy – from one who finds herself in a very similar place just now. John and I are taking similar steps in re-finding ourselves in the post retirement era. Here we are both occupying larger parts of our domestic environment for much longer over 24 hours than we have ever done in the 22 years of our married life which has been lived out in the bustle of two exacting professional careers, taking us in opposite directions at the airport or train station.
    You contribute thoughtful and stimulating pieces and I have always enjoyed reading your thoughts. Perhaps I should have engaged with this more. Recently I have found that the ‘bland, sterile, and eyerollingly passive aggressive’ commentary has jaded my appetite for advocacy for a profession whose contemporary activists seem more intent on publicising what is poor or worse and I feel are failing to support progression with articulate, persuasive and above all constructive pathways. My time as a professional association activist is coming to a close because I have decided to rest my eyes from the relentless criticism that is attaching itself to our small part of the professional environment by those who claim to aspire to lead it. Instead I am turning my energy to retaining local library provision within larger envelopes of public benefit, engaging with partners to sustain community-wide public good.

    There are tremendous challenges ahead if we are prepared to open our eyes and thoughts to different modes of service delivery and extend the essence of our profession into realms previously untrod. Forgive me for using your blog in order to just echo your thoughts, but as ever they carry resonance that are indeed shared by this now ‘past-it’ president of CILIP.

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  3. Andy, I have noticed a general diminishment in library blogging. What library blog sites in your opinion are still active and still worth following on a regular basis? As a retired librarian, blogs are a good way for me to keep in touch with what is going on in the profession. Thanks. w.

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