We’re On The Case

Yesterday during what is celebrated as the President’s Day holiday in the U.S. (in honor of Washington and Lincoln, both with birthdays in February), I admit to being a bit disgruntled at having to show up for work. It was fairly obvious from the lack of traffic during my drive in, as well as the empty garage and office building, that we were some of the very few who were working.

You see, OCLC only provides seven holidays:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Memorial Day
  3. Independence Day
  4. Labor Day
  5. Thanksgiving Day
  6. Day after Thanksgiving
  7. Christmas Day

No President’s Day, no Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no Columbus Day, that’s it.

But then I had a good conference call with colleagues here and in Dublin, Ohio. And I plowed through some email, read some documents, and got a start on a presentation. And I enjoyed lunch with colleagues I don’t often see who were here from Dublin and Seattle. And my day was capped off with an introduction to what will be our new platform for partner collaboration.

After all that I accomplished and experienced during the day I was in a considerably better mood on my way home, and it occurred to me that as a non-profit we need to make sure our members get as much value for their investment as we can possibly create.

So I no longer care if you were off skiing (Northern hemisphere), laying on the beach (Southern hemisphere), or watching a movie, or hanging out with your family. We were right where we belonged. On the case, creating value, working for you. Besides, it just makes Memorial Day look all that much better.

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About Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.

3 Comments

  1. Roy, you fail to mention that we do get four personal days, which can be used as holidays (I hold onto mine until the end of the year). The “day after Thanksgiving” is huge. Not like I wouldn’t want more holidays….

  2. And there were plenty of places where OCLC has members and it wasn’t a holiday. Life went on as normal. You could have phoned or e-mailed if you were feeling lonely… ;-)

    There are 8 public holidays here in England, for 2 of which our library is open (they fall close to, or in the middle of exams). But we get generous leave (holiday) in addition.

  3. And 3 of those personal days started as holidays but were converted to personal days, since they weren’t always available to everyone – e.g., many ALA Midwinters required some staff to work through MLK Day…

    Cheers!
    Deb Bendig

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