Friday, December 17, 2004

More Email Drama

As I have blogged before, I have little patience for colleagues who either take days to respond to an email, or just plain ignores my emails. I understand that certain people "appreciate" a phone call instead of an email, but there is nothing in my messages that would seem inappropriate for this medium. And really, people, we have been living with email for over 10 years now, so get used to it.

I was told by my new boss (a whole new blog posting yet to come, believe me) to contact her when I am ready to sign up for an instructional design class. When she told me this, it was nearing the time to register. Classes fill up fast, and if you snooze, you lose. I emailed her leting her know which class I was interested in taking. I emailed her asking her to please respond with her ideas on this particular class (problem-based learning), as I would like to start the registering process ASAP. I never - yes, NEVER - heard back from her. Needless to say, since she never responded, and she is too busy to meet (another blog posting, I'm sure of it), I never signed up for the freaking class.

Fast forward to little over a month later, when have a meeting with her, she asks me the status of the class that I had emailed her about. Huh? I was speechless. I should have replied, "Well, you never replied to me, so I didn't sign up." But no, being the docile employee I am, I simply stated that I did not sign up for it, and left it at that. She didn't even pursue asking for a reason...I assume she doesn't give a rat's ass about my professional development. Hmph.

Currently I am emailing instructors (our faculty libs) asking them if they are interested in teaching certain classes (usually obscure subject-specfic databases or an e-resources class on a particular subject area), and I have this feeling that I will get minimal response. It doesn't helop that this is the holiday season, and people are already on vacation. And you would think that if a professional were to be out of the office for any length of time that he or she would set up the Out of Office Assistant. But nooooooo, that is too much of a bother.

Are faculty librarians elsewhere this out of tune with email and its tools? Or that to be professional, you might have to actually email someone back? Grrrrr. And if any faculty libs read this and think it is unfair of me to even suggest making this sweeping statment about the unprofessionalism of fac libs and email, then please, please, please try to help me see differently. I beg of you. I would love to understand why someone would ignore my email message or take days upon days returning a message.

1 Comments:

Blogger MommaKay said...

Ahh, the joys of work! I'm thinking that a office etiquette manifesto ought to be sent around to idiots we work with letting them know what their limited rights are when we pummel them to death for their lack of politesse.

December 20, 2004 at 6:50 AM  

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