Use your disillusion
I'm taking a baby step. I'm still sick (burnout sucks and takes a looooooong time to recover from) and I can't do all the things my teeming mind wants to do. Therefore I'm looking for tiny things that I can do - to put a marker in the sand or to start a conversation - and I think blogging is one of those things.
Something that has been on my mind for a long time is the question of supporting and encouraging continued engagement for mid and late career GLAMR professionals. I think it's fantastic that new and developing GLAMRers seem to have a lot of support networks these days - indeed, I'm probably a little jealous that there didn't appear to be similar support when I was starting out. However, I certainly did get pub-related support from colleagues within the institutions I worked and their networks (this is how I met my husband). Many of these colleagues were a way into their careers and a certain amount of cynicism and disillusion had set in, alongside continued passion for their work.
I have worked in half a dozen museums and a range of libraries and, while I'm making something of a generalized statement, there does seem to be a common thread of frustration, or cynicism, or disillusion, or resistance to change amongst some staff, mixed in with experience, huge institutional knowledge and dedication. And I suspect that I'm not the only one to see this.
I am really interested in finding ways to ensure that mid and late career professionals are supported in their careers in a respectful and empowering way. I don't have any real answers yet, but I'm thinking that things like encouraging growth mindsets, creating a learning culture, developing tuakana / teina relationships, ensuring opportunities are open to all and making sure all staff feel listened too could help. There is a huge wealth of experience in the GLAMR sector and if we harness this and develop it further we could do even greater things.
Watch this space as I will do more with this but I'm certainly willing to talk more if you have any thoughts on this issue - find me on Twitter @katbhave