Listening to NPR earlier this week, I caught Frank Deford’s most recent commentary, “In Sports and Life, Once-Lazy August Is Filling Up.”
Among Deford’s musings on the increasingly hectic pace of August were these gems:
Once upon a time, August was just sort of a valuable nowhere time that got us safely, leisurely from the peak heat of July to the autumn of September, when everything would begin again.
Then things changed. First, everybody started going back to school before Labor Day. Who’d ever heard of such a thing?
Then everybody started saying “24-7.” That put the pressure on August to stop being so lazy and catch up with all the other 24s and sevens.
As an academic librarian, the rhythms of my professional life tend to correspond to the school year, with a quickening in the fall and a gentler pace in the summer months. The kind of work I do depends on the season, as well. For example, instruction tends to happen in the fall and winter, with a greater emphasis on research time in the summer.
But academe is not the only place art librarians find themselves, nor is it a homogeneous environment. Tell us about the rhythms of your professional life, how the work you do changes over the course of the year. Have changes in technology, communication methods, or other features of professional life had an impact on these rhythms?
It would be great to hear from a diverse group (academics, museum professionals, corporate or special librarians, public librarians, etc.).