Time is changing
Posted July 8, 2008on:
For some time, I’ve been advocating for more flexible scheduling at work. Personally I’d love to be able to work at home at least one day a week. Librarians are doing it and doing it well. I don’t know if I’ll be doing any full days soon, but it looks like we might have at least achieved a consensus on scheduling our days in ways that work for us.
It’s part of the overall shift in attitudes around here that has led to a willingness to try something new. The faculty are basically deciding to stand up for what we are supposed to have because we are faculty. While there are days I’d gladly give up the whole tenure track hamster wheel, it’s not what most people around here want. But if we’re going to be tenure-track faculty, then we need the time to do everything and the ability to structure our work so that we can meet goals.
What does this all mean? While we all generally work 40 hour weeks (and usually more than that), we are going to try setting our own schedules that work for us. Of course the expectation is that we are here for meetings, desk shifts, and whatever else requires our physical presence, which in my department might mean office hours and a day when I am librarian on call. Other than that, if we want to work at home for a few hours or do a split shift, it’s going to be up to us. I don’t think that we’ll see many people doing that very often, but the fact that we have the option makes a HUGE difference.
This is just one of the shifts that are starting to happen around here. My thought is that this is OUR library. If we want it to be a good place to work and learn in, it’s OUR responsibility to make it so.