Figure it’s about time for an update.
Things are good. Settling into my job at Zappos after the month long phone training — which I did survive, thankyouverymuch. My new mantra about taxonomies: If everyone in the company dislikes something about the taxonomy, it’s most likely effective and well-constructed. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvements or increased efficiencies, but that it’s a working machine. I’m still learning the ins, outs, and history of how this beast was created.
Yeah, the learning curve is steep. Have to figure out people’s names, their jobs, the command structure… the works! I’m looking at it this way: I can either do this now or deal with the consequences of inaction three months down the line. But isn’t that the same in every new job?
[ soapbox ]
Another thing that’s been on my mind: A few weeks ago I read something (I wish I cold remember where) that had the gist of the message that ML(I)S students that work for a business as information architects, user experience researchers, or knowledge managers instead of an actual library are sell-outs. Frankly, I feel that view is very short-sighted and only serves to segment the information profession rather than bring these different types of skills together. I use the same skills as a librarian cataloger when forming taxonomies. I need to consider similar users when constructing web site pages so that they can best find the information that serves their needs. We are all user-centric. Without patrons, a library closes. Without customers, a business closes. Businesses need librarian skills just as much as a public or school librarian requires highly skilled librarians. We need to evolve as a profession to stay viable and gain more exposure for the value of our skills.
[ /soapbox ]
I’ve also been tweeting less because — well, I just simply don’t have the time! Between training for another half marathon in 3 weeks, learning the job, and saying goodbye to friends that are moving on (sniff, sniff!), it’s been a madhouse. So, maybe I am ignoring you, but unintentionally.