At a men’s breakfast at church yesterday a Christian police senior constable shared his life journey and current job stating early on that being a policeman puts you in the front row of the ringside seat of life. He shared some confronting situations including being first on scene to perform CPR & bring people back to life, some bad domestic violence situations, and yet in a humble not overt way he is also sharing his life and faith by example, and in the attitude & interaction with people. Later that same day I was at a party & talked to a school chaplain & asked what confronting challenges she has had to deal with. She shared of kids facing extreme domestic violence and trauma, anxieties, depression, suicidal thoughts… I was gob smacked.
I read via a tweet an interesting blog piece about How embedded are you as a librarian. I am reflecting that in our librarian role we interact with people’s lives, & although not as extreme as the above often the student stress, pressure & worry is paramount & it is our calming thoughtful directive to the good stuff that “saves” their day. We may have to repeat for the umpteenth time for the day how to interpret the layer on our catalogue and databases to get results the student requires. We may have to make a stand about the pros and cons of google scholar. We have to make the case for paid databases versus open access. It is all part of embedding and part of our daily grind as, primarily, reference librarian on the ringside seat of our lives.
And beyond that we have lives, we have families, we have connections, we have people that we report to, and people that might report to us. All these things also put us in the ringside seat of life and we have choice as to how we deal with it.
Here endeth today’s Sunday sermon and to Gods name be praise whatever your God is 🙂