Yes, the series is back! And with all new contributors! Every Wednesday from now until the end of the year, we will hear from a new librarian telling his or her story. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I enjoy posting them! Check out last week’s post from Braegan, and the previous post from Benji.
I started library school in Spring 2010 while I was still working in events. The company I worked for had no idea that I was pursuing my master’s, and I didn’t want to jeopardize my position by informing them I was studying something completely unrelated (in my head: “hey boss…blah blah blah library school.” Boss: “we were looking for your replacement anyway.”). But how was I to get a job in a library when I had no experience?
I found that I as I loved my classes more and more, I dreaded going to work. I mean, I LOATHED it. Waking up to go to work was becoming tantamount to lifting a heavy boulder off my chest EVERY DAY. So, I started hunting for jobs (ahem, somewhat desperately) – opportunities at any type of library and jobs that incorporated working with the web.
It took quite some time, but fortunately, I found a position (hooray!) this summer working in web development for an educational non-profit (they also have a small library!). I’m using the knowledge from my classes, and working with an amazing IT team – they make every day at work breeze by (I couldn’t ask for better colleagues), and I wake up wanting to go to work.
Around the same time, I scored a part-time job working in reference at a public library nearby. I love working with the public (for the most part), and that warm, sunshiny feeling that you get when you’ve made someone’s day just by helping them find the information for which they are searching.
I’ve also been volunteering in the teen room at another local library. The teen librarian is AMAZING. She’s dedicated a space in the library for the teens and tailored the collection to meet their needs. Teens consistently ask after her when she’s not around.
So what’s my dilemma exactly? I am using so many facets of my education in my everyday life – AND I’m happy. Which is all one can really ask for…
I don’t know what to do – where to go from here… I planned on working at my former job, finishing my degree, and going directly into libraries. Now, I love my job (::cough cough:: I wish it paid more – it is a nonprofit ::cough cough::) but I’ll probably have to leave it eventually to pursue a position as a “librarian.”
(I am NOT boo-hooing here, just stating my issues.)