Anonymous said: Hey, I'm 15 and I'm considering being a public librarian. I'm not sure though, because over the past month or two I've been considering other careers I though I'd be good at, and later realizing they're not right for me. I want to have a plan, a set goal I can work towards, but I need to know what I want to be to do that. I love libraries, and I love reading (even though I haven't finished a book since April or so.) I don't know... I'm not passionate enough about anything to dedicate my life.
I’m sorry I did not get to this sooner! The good news is that you’re still young and have PLENTY of time to decide what you would like to do with your life. I would recommend, as with anything, to do some research into possible career paths for you first. Volunteering is really great, too. See if your library is accepting volunteers and use it to start getting to know as much as you can. The same applies for any field you want to get into. Volunteer while you can. The great thing (at least it was for me) about library school is that it’s after your Bachelor’s. I had four years of undergrad to really think about librarianship before I took the dive into the graduate program. Sometimes it takes getting involved in the field to discover you’re passionate about it. Really give it a go and see if you like it!
When I was in high school, my school’s internship coordinator was able to set me up with one day job shadow of a children’s librarian and it was a great day!
"Basically it was Saw with children"
— booksgamesmovies on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (via bookoisseur)
(Source: twentysomethingvagabond, via snipejaeg)
Is it hypocritical if I side-eye guys whose only shared interest with me is Archer?
missrumphiusproject said: Laura! You are Into Cataloging. Are there any textbooks/workbooks/websites for someone who did their MLIS during AACR2 and needs an RDA update/general refresher?
Soo I really only have bits and pieces of cataloging down at this point as I’ve mostly learned through watching other people, I’m just weirdly eager to learn more. My actual cataloging course will be in the winter semester and we’re supposed to have a great RDA guy teach it. I’m always happy to pass on our resources then. If you’re looking for stuff now, the best I can do is offer these resources that I’ve browsed through and that I know my cataloging expert (my mom haha) has used to refresh:
1. LOC RDA training materials, which is a LOT to go through but has presentations, worksheets, quizzes, etc. http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/RDA%20training%20materials/index.html
2. RDA Toolkit online for the rules/specifics, which sadly requires a subscription, but perhaps a friend or institution has subscribed?
3. Adam Schiff’s website has really useful AACR2/RDA comparison slides, and lots of them. I learn new things best when I have examples to look at, so this is helpful for me: http://faculty.washington.edu/aschiff/
If anyone else has something to share, please add!
We made this training checklist for our staff when we were implementing RDA here. All the resources listed are free. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PiDantSk3UkIjlE-RYEZJ4caEKLnsrZqUBJnbDoA2Wk/