And the subject line is not entirely accurate. I'm actually quite happy about this, but somehow it's left me feeling like my world's shifted on its axis and I haven't quite adjusted.
The director called me into her office today to talk to me about a change in my job description. I will no longer be "the" YA librarian. Instead YA will be split between myself and a coworker and I will also have some other duties.
More precisely, I will be doing:
YA Reference, reader's advisory, programming, etc.
All of the ordering and cataloging for children's and YA
The Newsletter (email and print)
Expanding into other web venues (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Being responsible for our LCD screen programming in the new building
Other tech duties to be expanded on later.
The coworker is the person I'd been hoping would end up doing YA with me when we moved back in to our regular building and needed coverage for our new YA room. We're already working together on programming and we read different types of YA books. Our strengths compliment each other in many ways and we get along really well (which is good, since we'll be sharing an office in YA). Oddly, I think the person who is going to lose out is the head children's librarian, as she'll be the umbrella head over both departments and with Ellen and I having to cover YA, she's going to be stuck with an entirely new staff (probably a trainee and a 21 hour person).
How the scheduling will work out is beyond me, but since I'm not the head of a department, I don't need to worry about it. This shift means I'll be spending more time doing the stuff I like to do and not have to worry about the stuff I don't. It's not going to cause any salary changes (we get percentage raises in June).
So anyway, good change, but I still feel off-balance right now. I thought writing it out would help, but not so much. :/