I believe leaders in the field need to model vulnerability, imperfection, and the value of trying when the outcome is unknown.
I think the “love” for conservation has made it easy to create some unhealthy work/life balances and I am scared I will be viewed as “not dedicated enough” for setting healthy boundaries for myself.
Natalya’s point about loving the profession as a form of blindness (and a problem, frankly) is really well articulated in Fobazi Ettarh’s article on vocational awe. Also the website is amazing source for progressive discourse on libraries and GLAM institutions. https://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2018/vocational-awe/
Anonymous: we talked today about how expectations are deeply intertwined with, and result in feelings of, inadequacy. While this feeling is most openly-discussed by conservators at earlier/more precarious stages of their career, I’ve heard this from individuals across the spectrum. Something I tried to remind myself in school is that I was doing more than enough even if I was “only” achieving the minimum requirements. I wonder how this translates to being an institutional laborer..
@Jess – this is such a powerful article! I’ve read it several times before and will probably return to it again after our discussion today. To anyone reading who hasn’t encountered it yet, I highly suggest!
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