There comes a time, though, when you can't take on any more. When I started working here in 2005, we had eleven people in the library. Now we have six, making up 4 1/2 FTE. Some functions were eliminated (no more posters after the two graphic designers were laid off), some tasks didn't need as much attention (we have fewer print journals to check in), but we've all had to take on more tasks--some that others did, but some new ones. (I took over the cataloging, but I'm also spending time keeping our Authors Catalog updated.)

In short, when one of us is out, some things don't get done. We have a wonderful team* and we have no problems helping each other out (did I mention I'm backup for AV matters?), but when one of us is out, some things don't get done.

(Yes, that was deliberate repetition for emphasis.)

So why am I writing this instead of working on Authors Catalog updates? Um, I'm going to call it my lunch break.

*Which I'd say even if my colleague/boss (she took on the latter role a few years ago) Layla weren't reading this.

Fred King
Medical Librarian, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
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Subject: Re: Less Is Not More: Rejecting resilience narratives for library workers

Very interesting article ... in hospital libraries, doing more with less is not just a , "badge of honor" ....  it feels like what we need to do to keep our jobs.  The hospital industry has been incredibly volatile for the past 10 years and we've seen many, many  of our valued colleagues  disappear .  Here in New Hampshire when the Legislature eliminated Medicaid  uncompensated care payments to hospitals in 2011 several of our largest hospital libraries closed overnight.  I know that my reaction was to take on as many extra roles as I could to try to make myself indispensable.
So  how do we make ourselves indispensable without projecting unlimited resilience and burning out ... I haven't figured that out yet... it's a good thing I'll be retiring soon !
Keene NH