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Subject: I shouldn't complain, but I'm going to....
Date Posted: 1/25/2010 3:03 PM ET
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This is just a vent, so if you want to stop reading right here and now, that's fine.  I'm gonna whine....

I'm a librarian in a public library.  Back in 2004, I started a radio program on our local radio station called "Booktalk", where I reviewed a book that I felt was really good, but that most people might overlook.  No hot bestsellers, but rather Hidden Gems.   I did this every week for FOUR YEARS.  It got to be stressful!  Reviewing a book every week?  And I enjoy reading some things that not everyone else would enjoy, or that I would recommend as a Hidden Gem, you know?  So I insisted on a break.

Well...my adoring public has demanded we start this up again. The manager of the radio station asked me when I could begin, and I put her off for some very legitimate reasons. But she emailed my boss last week, asking HIM.   My boss thinks it's a great idea.  So, it begins again.  I'm already worried about this cutting into my reading time; how many historical fiction works can I recommend?  Grrrr.....So I wrote five reviews over the weekend, and I have an idea for one more (that I will write as soon as I stop whining here.)  I just am not excited about this at all.

Okay.  I'm done.  Thanks.

Signed,

Miss Cranky-Pants 

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 3:11 PM ET
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Oh, Vicki, I feel for ya! Any time you are FORCED to do something, it sucks the pleasure out of it. Is there any way to compromise and do fewer each month? Can other librarians join in and do reviews too? I'd be looking for a way to take some of the pressure off of myself and stick it right on some other poor sucker. ;-)

It is very cool though that the radio listeners enjoyed your reviews so much!  You should be very proud of that!

Oh, and now is the time to ask for a raise...after all, you have an adoring public!

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 3:33 PM ET
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Ack. Can you just not tell the boss this is on his time and not yours?

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 3:36 PM ET
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Yeah, I def. think that your coworkers need to participate. Even if you're the one who actually does the show, they at least need to come up with picks for you. That's a lot of work for one person. I'd hate to have to read across other genres when I'm not the mood for it!

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 4:09 PM ET
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OH, that's just it: I feel FORCED, and I don't enjoy reading across genres when I'm not in the mood!  I too suggested some other librarians get in on the act.  I would much rather do one a month instead of 4-5.  (It's a weekly show).  I haven't heard back yet if anyone else is going to step up and do this too. 

It's very flattering that so many people want me to do this again, that's true.  But still...I don't wanna!!  Hence the Cranky-Pants name. ;)   But I've got six written now, and if I only have to do one a month, I'm halfway through the first year!  I need to somehow adjust my attitude.  Blech. 

We have some of these posted on our website at www.pocahontaslibrary.org  Go to Marlinton, then to the left is Booktalk Radio.  Just bear in mind that for some goofy reason, they seem to be cut off before the end!  (I need to look into that when I get some time). 

I appreciate the ideas, and the collective shoulders upon which to bawl!  Thanks all!

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 4:30 PM ET
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Maybe you could open it up to your library patrons, not just the other librarians.  Some of your frequent patrons could serve as "guest reviewers".   Is there a monthly book club that meets at your library?  Maybe the book club could take one week per month, or one every other month.

My husband and I have recently started volunteering with our FOL.  Our meeting is tomorrow night and they are begging people to serve as officers for this year.  DH thinks he wants "us" to be an officer.....that kind of thing usually ends up being "me".  But it's been fun to get the inside scoop on how the library works.

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 4:34 PM ET
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A victim of your own success. I would talk to the boss. Make sure he understands how much work this is. Explain that you think others on the staff should be required to participate. That it shouldn't all be on you. And if it is, then you should have the right to determine the frequency.

Radio station did an end run around on you. Just about nothing would piss me off more.



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Date Posted: 1/25/2010 4:50 PM ET
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Great advice from all of the above members Vicky! Set the ground rules and then stand your ground! If you wimp out they will be walking all over you. You are VALUABLE - use that! I think Christa's suggestion of guest reviewers is a great one! If they don't like that, offer to do it less often  or, on the week after your review, let people call in with their comments on what they have read! These people who love your reviews should not be leeches - get them participating!! I bet they would love it.

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 5:15 PM ET
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Radio station did an end run around on you. Just about nothing would piss me off more.

Hmmm...yes, that was interesting.

Well, I just emailed the radio station manager, and cc'd my boss and the gal that does the actual taping.  I offered to do 2 a month, but that I was not willing to be responsible for every week.  Now it's up to them to figure out who else should be in on this.  I see that as the radio station's problem, not mine, acutally.  If everyone else can say NO...why can't I?  I also told them we could renegotiate when I retire. ;D

Thanks for making me feel justified in my less than enthusiastic response to this!  It helped...

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 9:28 PM ET
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Kudos, Vicky! Sometimes you have to push back.

Date Posted: 1/25/2010 10:01 PM ET
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Thanks Genie!

I'm making it work to my advantage now...I downloaded a copy of "Dracula" to my Kindle (classics are free, or at most $1.00) because Bram Stoker's great-nephew has written a sequel to the book.  So I'm happily reading Dracula before I read his book, and I'll use both as one of my radio spots.  Then I'm going to read "Helen of Troy" by Margaret George for my HF challenge...and so I can pass it on to my doctor.  She has just discovered George, and I promised to let her read it after me. ;)



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Date Posted: 1/25/2010 10:34 PM ET
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Good for you Vicky for standing your ground.  I know it can be very hard to do as I have personally just had to do it myself and resign my job recently because of unrealistic expectations and demands.  I love the idea of trying to involve the listeners or having a guest reviewer on the show.  Hang in there girl!!



Last Edited on: 1/25/10 10:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/26/2010 9:25 AM ET
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Vicky,

You have received excellent recommendations  - Christa's (guest reviewer) & Jeanne's (call-in for the listening public the week after each review) leap immediately to mind, so I'll just say ...

Congratulations! on such a successful program. It's not everyone who could have done this for four years - week in & week out. Such a wonderful program & you are to be commended, rewarded, appreciated, adored and treated to a library-paid kindle account!

Good luck & my wishes for your continued success! Have you explored syndication possibilities ? ... I would much rather listen to a book review than some of the other tripe on radio programs ...

Kelly

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 12:34 PM ET
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Vicky. Hugs to you. I am geekily excited for you, though, I keep envisioning your radio spot as similar to Nancy Pearl's ones, and I love her!

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 12:45 PM ET
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Wow, Cheryl! Y'all are braver than me. You hang in there, too!

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 6:55 PM ET
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  You are ALMOST making me SORT of get excited about this again.  Almost.  Sort of.  And Kelly...a library paid Kindle account??  You are a GENIUS!! LOL...if only!!

Now, here is the email I received this evening from the radio station manager.  I'm not sure what she's really saying here.  Give it some more thought?  Give what some more thought?  I think she's saying she wants to wait until I'm free to do it all!  Or am I reading into this?  I'll probably email and ask for clarification, but still....

I appreciate your willingness to give Book Talk another try.  It was a good radio feature.  You really did a great job with it.  As much as I would like to have you return, I also don’t want to push when you feel like you have a full plate.   Give it some more thought & we’ll do the same.  Looking forward to hearing from you as we move through February.

 Thanks Vicky!

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 8:17 PM ET
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Vicky, Her response shows sensitivity toward your concerns. I think this is a positive. Either that, or she read this thread. LOL!

It still concerns me that she did an end run around to your boss. But maybe she regrets that now.

In any event, it sounds like she wants you to be sure about the commitment. I'd think about it for a few days, or even a week. If you still want to do the 2 books a month, then contact her.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 10:13 PM ET
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Genie...thanks!  (I think reading "Dracula" is making me paranoid!)...LOL

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 11:35 AM ET
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It's looking positive so far, but if they get to be big asshats about it, you could always throw in a raving rec for something like Inside Robin's Too Tight Tights or any other fantastic novel Cathy's read out of morbid curiosity.


That might cure them of their insistence that you're the only person who can do this read and review radio thingy. ;-)

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 12:51 PM ET
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Vicky:

I had the same reaction to Dracula when I read it a couple of years ago and after reading the Historian as well.  I don't think I will ever forget the scene on the train!

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 1:19 PM ET
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Oh ... both Dracula and Historian are on my Mt. TBR.  Way too many books, not NEARLY enough time. Sigh.

Date Posted: 1/27/2010 8:41 PM ET
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Both are really, really good Sharla!!  I hadn't ever read Dracula until fairly recently but had seen lots of the movies (good and bad) and it's amazing how fresh and scary it seemed!!  For me The Historian took the vampire legend even a step further and put it into a more modern setting and that was  even more creepy, especially if you have an over-active imagination like mine.  I really liked the book as have many here on the forum, but I also know that many people hated it.  I think it's just one of those books where there isn't much middle ground.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 7:57 AM ET
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was  even more creepy, especially if you have an over-active imagination like mine.

 

NO doubt!!  I was driving home from my dd's place, a four-hour drive.  It was evening (read dark) and it was October...one of those windy nights when the air seems full of...something.  Menace, I decided.  So what do I do, knowing it's night, I'm driving alone, and will arrive at an empty house?  I start the audio version of "Historian." 

When I got home, I was so spooked I wouldn't even park in the garage!  I pulled right up to the front porch and ran inside!  Then checked every room, knowing those sneaky vampires can turn wispy and flow under locked doors and windows!   /shiver

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 8:15 AM ET
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But Vicki, don't you have to invite a vampire in?   

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 8:26 AM ET
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But Vicki, don't you have to invite a vampire in?  

Not according to the Historian.  I don't think.  See, when you're scared, you don't pay attention to details! 

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