We are very low key in libraries and besides major anniversaries of our library branches, or are introducing a new whiz-bang service, we rarely make a fuss.
But we need to. We need to celebrate our achievements – our personal ones as well as our organisational ones.
I was looking back at last year’s Blog every day of June posts and came across my goals looking forward. I was quite pleased to discover that I had achieved them all:
- This blog got a new look and I’m still writing
- I wrote an article on Events Booking service online, which was published in Online Currents
- I had a paper and a workshop with a colleague accepted for VALA and both were favourably received
- I have survived our big year at the library and am already planning for the next big year.
We get acknowledgement in our annual appraisal process which is nice, but I think it is just as important to acknowledge your successes to yourself. We can be our own worst critics, so even as we berate ourselves for when things go wrong, we should congratulate ourselves for our successes.
Regardless of what form that congratulations takes, we all need and deserve to “take that bow” when we achieve. As I am sure we have all had successes in this last year, I applaud you all – so take your bow and remember your successes, especially the next time you berate yourself. Job well done!