I've been in this profession for more than 35 years, and often, after a particularly challenging day, I ask my righthand man, Alex, if I can retire at the end of the week. He always says no. I tell him that I will still call him with all my reference questions, but I think he'd rather I continue to answer them myself. So no retirement for me in the near future, I guess. My retirement account agrees, unfortunately.
Cheryl LaGuardia is a Research Librarian at Harvard and a blogger for LibraryJournal.com. In a recent post, she wrote about how lots of people who had planned to take early retirement have postponed it, mostly for economic reasons. But she goes on to say that many Baby Boomers are postponing retirement because they love their work and can't bear the thought of not being where the action is. Libraries are continually changing. Our patrons are looking for the next big thing, whether it be in print or online, and we have to be on top of things to be able to deliver the goods. There's always something new to learn, and I figure I have to justify the time spent learning it by using it for a while until the next new thing comes along, and so on. Cheryl LaGuardia says that she won't retire until she stops learning. That probably describes me, too, so I guess someone else will have to mow my place in the pasture until I'm ready to do it myself.