By Ferdinand Angelo Alipis
Maybe it is good for librarians to realize that we just have to keep on studying and earning degrees which is what I continue to do. I have two masters degrees already and of course one is on library science. Whether I like it or not, I have to start work on a doctorate because academic achievements matter if we want to survive in the academe. Sometimes even our competence and credibility gets challenged by our colleagues and we have just have to recognize that we have our own special competence as librarians which they simply do not have no matter how many doctorates they have.
Even in the way we communicate, we have to work hard on our communication skills also. This is just basic and we have to remind ourselves regarding this matter. There is the perennial problem of our deteriorating command of English. Perhaps, you can notice that even here in the PAARL Yahoo Group. Just take a close look at some postings. We have to go back to basic English grammar and learn how to construct simple English sentences to make ourselves better understood. We do not need to be sophisticated and elaborate. As librarians, we communicate a lot, either orally or in writing. We write memos to our staff. We are sometimes asked to write letters or even prepare presentations for our superiors.
Aside from formally reviewing our English, we need to read also. Through reading we get to improve our vocabulary and discover how words are used in various contexts. How can I aim for an academic status when my English is incomprehensible because of wrong grammar or poor choice of words or simple errors in spelling abound in our work. Of course, obvious clerical error can be exempted, but has to be corrected. But we just have to be careful also and do some editing before posting or sending out anything. We just have to do basic things correctly. I get disgusted at how a librarian for ten years seem not to know her alphabet that she commits errors in filing shelflist cards.
We just have to shape up as librarians. We have to work hard for that academic status. It is not granted automatically. I just admire the likes of Ms. Fe Angela Verzosa and Ms. Lourdes David and Prof. Rosalie Faderon and, of course, many others out there. If we want academic status or any recognition as librarians, we just have to be like them.
Quoting Fe Angela Manansala-Verzosa
Source: PAARL@yahoogroups.com with permission from the author