It’s been a month since I started my new position as an Information Specialist (great title, right?), a month to get used to this change and settle in to a new routine. I’m very happy to report that I don’t just like my new job, I love it. The staff at the branch have really welcomed me and made me feel at home. The general vibe at the branch is laid back and cheerful. Everyone helps everyone else out, so that I’m sometimes performing adult reference, sometimes teen or children’s reference, sometimes circulation–and that’s often in the same day. I get a lot of face-time with patrons, but I’m also encouraged to take breaks when I need them and work away from the public when I need time to myself. I usually sit at the information desk, but I’m also encouraged to get up and walk around as much as I need to, which is good for my ADD brain. The branch manager met with me yesterday to check in with me and see how I’m getting along. I’m very open with her about my ADD, anxiety and depression. We talked about my various duties and agreed that it’s important I don’t get bored, but it’s better to err on the side of me being bored every so often than overwhelm me with too much to do. I have a difficult time saying no to things, partly because I want to make people happy and partly because I have very little sense of when I’m overextending myself, so it’s really good that she recognizes a need to keep me from taking too much on. She also encourages my strengths, which I get to use much more than I did in Web Content.
At the same time, I’ve noticed that the front page of our library website, which was my responsibility when I was in Web Content, is looking much, much better now. The promotional images are very engaging and dynamic, and content changes frequently throughout the week. It’s clear that web content was just not the right thing for me to be doing, and while I recognize I made positive contributions to the Web Content Team, I think they’re doing much better work without me. That further confirms I made the right move. It makes me very happy indeed.
A year ago, I wrote about how I was losing my interest in libraries. After a month working public service full-time, I’m rediscovering why I loved working in libraries in the first place. It’s a lovely feeling.