Here we go again

31 Aug

I expect to spend most of tomorrow feeling very hopeless and sad.

I don’t know what the future holds, but there are certain changes happening in the library that are anything but good. For the students or for me.

I don’t know how much I can say for certain about my situation, but these changes that are happening are not for the students’ best interests, but in the interest of our catastrophic state budget problems.

Tomorrow I will most likely be asked to create the automated database checkout system that will eventually replace me.

I don’t have any more information than that right now. I don’t know how much longer before I’m laid off again. It could be a year away. It could be a bit longer.

It could be less than that.

I imagine the actual plan itself is incomplete and details are released on a need-to-know basis.

I’m heading to a meeting tomorrow to hear the beginning of my end and how it will all go down. I’m planning on wearing a lot of black. And I’m going to be very sad.

I’ve headed down this road before and I somehow survived, but there’s only so many times I can dodge this bullet.

21 Responses to “Here we go again”

  1. MegaGood at 2:24 pm #


    • LittleBig at 2:27 pm #

      Thanks, Megan. Tomorrow is going to be tough. The other librarians are as upset as I am and we’re all going to be together.

  2. valerie at 2:52 pm #

    That just sucks. What is next, automated classes?

    • LittleBig at 2:53 pm #

      I’m giving your comment a gold star, Valerie.

  3. palinode at 3:20 pm #

    A world in which school librarians (or any librarians) get laid off is a world that should just be picked up and dumped in the trash.

  4. palinode at 3:22 pm #

    In my last job I was supposed to write a manual on the funding program I was running. I kept on resisting, because I had an uneasy feeling that once I turned in a manual, my bosses would thank me and hand me my notice. Eventually I had a meeting in which I was told to complete the damn manual. So I did. And they laid me off.

    • LittleBig at 8:10 am #

      Wow. I don’t know what to say to that, beyond just… Wow.

  5. asiajane at 5:42 pm #

    Such a sorry, sorry state of affairs. I hope everything works out for you.

  6. purplequark at 10:17 pm #


  7. gifrancis at 12:07 am #

    Hang in there!

  8. nic at 3:35 am #

    Hello you. I’m sending huge amounts of love.

    Plan: create an evil database that costs them more in I.T call out charges than it would to pay you. Stop short at it being self aware though. Enter Stage Right: Plucky, indispensable librarian with floaty hair.

    Music plays; fade out.


    • LittleBig at 8:13 am #

      Nic, you just made me teary in the best way possible.

      Also I want my tombstone to read: “Plucky, indispensible librarian with floaty hair.”

  9. dingey at 10:06 am #

    Oh, this is the suckiest suck of all sucks. I’ve been stuck in this unenviable position a few times. The first time it happened, I was too young and naive to understand what was happening and I busted my heinie getting the new system that would replace me up and running and comprehensible to all. Then i was told that the computerization had really reduced the necessity of me, and I was welcome to stay on at 15 hours a week with no benefits. Dorks.

    As a repeat downsizee, I can tell you that the not-knowing is the worst part. Once you at least have some idea of what they’re planning, you can figure out what you want to do.

    I’ve never had this happen at a job that I actually loved, though, which brings us back full circle to the suckiest suck comment…..

    • LittleBig at 2:08 pm #

      This has happened to you repeatedly? That is so awful. You know, hearing that you and the Palinode have been through this before are making me think I’m being overly dramatic and whiny. This must happen all the time to all kinds of people. I should just get over it.

      But it’s hard.


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