by Anna Endter
I think it’s the time of year that has me considering, as I often do, how I can rearrange things in the new year, how I can do a better job at the tasks that require effort above and beyond my normal work duties. Right now, I’m thinking about how best to stay informed professionally and how to make time for current awareness in an already crowded workday. I could be wrong, but I think that many of us are in the midst of a season where simply keeping up with life’s demands and not letting too many things slip through the cracks is the goal, whether that be at work, home, or in some other capacity. Does this ring true for you?
Recently, in a flurry of I-must-keep-up like thoughts, I subscribed to a number of different legal newsletters and blogs. I’m making an effort to skim them, in addition to the usual AALL messages and such, because I don’t want to focus my current awareness efforts solely on law librarianship. It’s important to know about what’s afoot in the broader legal profession, as well. (And I suppose that, two paragraphs in, I should also note that here I’m focusing on my own current awareness efforts but there’s also the topic of current awareness on behalf of our patrons. Do you participate in finding current awareness resources for your attorneys or faculty? A topic for another time, perhaps.)
Now obviously, as librarians, we are not short on information. Sifting through that information, for our own professional development purposes, can be tricky. How do you, Librarian, decide what to keep up with and what to let fall away? I would love to see a discussion about this topic but I know that isn’t likely to happen. And that’s okay, we are all keeping up in one way or another, whether it’s with the Kardashians (do you see what I did there?), a busy workload or, especially at this time of year, our friends and family. If I do receive responses, I’d be glad to include them within a longer summary in the newly revived LLOPSCited. Send me an email, stop me at the LLOPS holiday party, or get in touch with me via the comments.