Recently I was asked if I would consider making the trip to Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day 2011. What a GREAT opportunity to network with library leaders nationwide, and have a (hopefully) captive audience in our congress for talking about issues that are greatly impacting school libraries. Getting the nod from my own state’s leaders as a potential who might make an impact–what a stroke to my ego! Add to the booty an all expense paid trip to DC for 2 days–what more could I ask for?
So what’s the problem?
The problem is the days away from school this would require! May is for whatever reason a lot of teachers’ research paper time. The library at school will be filled with needy students and teachers alike. Perfect opportunity to show my school environment how I fit into the big picture.
Include in that the fact that administrators are looking for any way to trim the budget. If I am not there, my administrator may see me as unnecessary to the big picture of school altogether.
It’s sad that unique opportunities are coming my way, and the open doors are grudgingly being closed due to circumstances beyond my control. I have not totally ruled it out yet. But my confidence in 1) asking for the time off and 2) retaining my job are not as optimistically viewed despite my confidence in my abilities to do well at both.