Calling all Librarians!
As states and cities start to reopen after a three month lockdown, most groups and organizations are in a rush to return to a sense of normalcy. One of those organizations are public libraries. During the lockdown, the importance of libraries and their position in society has become more dominant and essential in people’s lives. Because of this, city and state governments are quick to reopen public libraries, to plug those holes that people have been lacking in their lives.
But that means librarians and staff are left out in the cold. Because who are the people that are going to be at the frontlines and dealing with the public the most?
There have been a lot of articles about the lack of concern for the health and safety of library staff. This lack of empathy is causing a lot of frustration, stress and anxiety. It has come to a point where we feel that we don’t matter. I am hoping to instil some change on that narrative.
I want to hear from you, all librarians and library staff who have to return to work. Do you have concerns about returning to work as lockdown restrictions are being loosened? Do you believe that your library management has listened to your concerns and taken your welfare at heart? Now is the time for your story to be heard! I would love to hear from you and create a collection of accounts on how these affecting librarians. And I will post them here on my blog. Don’t worry! If you choose to remain anonymous, I will not publish your name. Just indicate that in the form below or post it in the comments to let me know you don’t want your name to publish.
Let’s show the world that we are not expendable. Let’s show that we do matter. Looking forward to hearing from you!