When you are asked to do a task / job/ activity from your board or Administration , take a second before saying yes. Will accepting that t task or job, take away time and effort from your mission and goals? Or does it go along with your objectives? Will it help further you mission as a librarian Media Specialist? Does this new activity help you complete your focus of tasks and activities? ( Example- hosting a book fair in the library will help increase your visibility and get students and teachers into the library.)
If the task is not going to further your goals, saying no may be appropriate. One good way to give yourself time to think about the task and your missions / goals is to say, “Let me think about it” or “I’ll have to get back to you.” .
Saying No with grace and then decide explanations is a skill learned by doing. Try to imagine someone asking you to do an activity that does not advance your goals.( Example: You are asked to direct the school play) Rehearse what you would say-first thing comes to my mine- "I'll have to think about it and get back to you."
We do not want to offend or discourage, but we want to make known the work we do and why we do it. Perhaps you can agree to a supporting role (helping without being the person in charge) ," "I will have end of year inventory at that time and will not be really able to give full attention to the play- perhaps I could help with props or scenery ?"
At any rate, stop and think about your goals . Just say no when it is appropriate .You do not have to compromise your library for the sake of an activity that takes too much time away from what you really need and want to do,