It got me thinking about how we fund raise in the library business. First, people get offended when I call it the library business. But it's the truth. Many libraries victimize themselves into thinking we can't go out there and be gracefully obnoxious. If someone says no, it means maybe. You just need to try harder. And if you're booking anything, you always offer half. You never pay more than 3/4 of the asking price. It's difficult, because it makes you feel like a real jerk. These people are trying to make a living and all. I get it. Sorry.
Most importantly, we have to stop being afraid...of anything. We need to be public speaking, transliterate, book-talking, mixer-going, newspaper-column-writing, social-butterflying extroverts. And we're not.
Therein lies the whole problem. Most of us became librarians because we love reading and education and knowledge in general. We schlepp our way through grad school and carry out buckets of debt into an institution that is underfunded and unappreciated. Just like every other business, we need to change the way we're doing things in this economy. I firmly believe if you're going to sleep more than 6 hours you should probably not become a library director. If a library director is well-rested and stress free, they must be in libraries as a second occupation. Maybe they were a stunt person in their first occupation. Or a lion tamer.
We need to be fierce. We need to growl at ourselves in the mirror each morning. We need to literally let our hair down. The only thing we won't charge are our stereotypical "librarian shoes." Because we're fierce, not masochists.