The 10-Minute International Librarian #52: Think of something that motivates you in your work

In busy jobs, it can be hard sometimes to stop and think.

We’ve talked a few times in previous posts about why it’s nonetheless important to do this, in order to plan, to learn, and to reflect.

Taking a moment to step back can allow you to think longer term, put things in perspective, and explore new and different ideas.

However, it can also be important in order to remind yourself what makes your job special for you!

Being able to recall key moments, or to articulate why you are doing something, can also be key to wellbeing at work, and in life in general.

So for our 52nd 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think of something that motivates you in your work.

Has there been a moment – for example an event, a service, or a piece of feedback – that gave you energy to carry on, and even to go further?

If you want to, write it down, as a reminder for yourself in future.

You can also share it using the comments box below!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 2.2: Deliver high quality campaigns, information and other communications products on a regular basis to engage and energise libraries.

As we publish more ideas, you will be able to view these using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store! Do also share your ideas in the comments box below.

2 thoughts on “The 10-Minute International Librarian #52: Think of something that motivates you in your work

  1. Fon Mee

    When users requested the sequel of the titles that you’ve bought and told you that they’ve enjoyed reading them and can’t wait for them to arrive on the shelves. Or.. when you see that the loan statistics for the books that you’ve bought is high and when friends of friends consulted you concerning books or information and library membership.

  2. Nicola Palmer

    Being able to deliver an information session on Library Services to our graduate students and hear them express how grateful they are, especially when we are able to assist those who were beginning to feel overwhelmed in this pandemic season.

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