Just a very quick post to prove that I am, in fact, still alive and mostly well.
Work stresses mean I have been working very long days lately - and much contemplation of the possible paths my employment future could take have been occuring.
You see.. Change of State Government occurred recently. The new Powers that Be are insisting that they must fix all that their evil opposition did wrong - especially the Budget blow outs. I, myself, have no issues with their wanting to Balance the Books but the personal implications are being rather frightening.
You see... my Library falls under the control of one of the Departmental Divisions. And this Division has been told to cut their workforce by 230 persons - ASAP. Since the Head of this Division is also "Anti-Library/Anti-Research" - guess which area is one of the first to be "Reviewed"?
As I am permanent staff there will be the potential for me to be transferred to another section - hopefully at same pay level (my mortgage hopes so at least). However the big question is - do I want to be part of the Library World (where my 20 odd years of training and degrees make me an asset indeed) OR do I take the "Just a Public Servant" path (easier to find continued employment but not where my training and heart belong).
Others are suggesting that I seek employment in another library - which is far easier said than done in this time of low vacancies.
Ah well... I guess for now - I'll hold fast to the fact that I have SKILLS and would be an asset to any section that I could end up with. And pray that the PTB at least leave a shell of a Library for me to return to if the Masses of Staff that I regularly help rise up and request my return [...yeah.. fairy tale time there... and I believe in unicorns too...]