Thursday, November 27, 2008
Well, today we heard more news on the library closures - the latest thing is that those of us in libraries which are not likely to close will also "lose" our jobs - all staff remaining who do not take either voluntary redundancy or early retirement will have to apply for the posts at the libraries which are staying open.
I can clearly see how this is the fairest way to deal with the situation. On a personal level i'm finding it very hard to think of my team at West Kirby being broken up and scattered and the very real possibility that I'll have to leave the library I've worked so hard in for 16 years. At least we no longer have to feel "survivor guilt" as we're in a similar boat to our colleagues whose libraries are closing altogether!
The hardest thing today has been members of the public coming in and saying "well, you lot here are all ok then!" and then having to explain that no, we probably AREN'T ok!
I'm trying to keep it in mind that our situation could be a lot worse; we have at least a fighting chance of emerging with some job, albeit at a lower grade, with different hours and in a different place . But I was happy the way things were!
What a difference a year makes! Last Christmas thoughts of the financial crisis, recession, house repossession and redundancy were far away. We didn't know how lucky we were - isn't that often the way??