If you want to feel so frustrated that you want to pull you hair out, read this article.
I listened to about 10 seconds of this before I had to turn it off.
E-crush was an early version of Tinder: discuss.
I’m reading about a program NYPL coordinates that helps incarcerated fathers make audio recordings of themselves reading storybooks so it can be sent to their kids and I am in tears at my desk.
Libraries are amazing.
Big shoutout to transformativetidbits for the question today! We’re all at different stages and have different goals in mind, so feel free to tweak the question to fit you.
Who/what/where/when/why did you decide to go to library school, or become a librarian or information specialist or library enthusiast?
I decided to become a librarian my senior year of high school after a string of internships that made me realize I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. The internship coordinator had a niece who was a local children’s librarian and she arranged for me to job shadow her for a day. I wasn’t very excited about the idea of hanging out with a children’s librarian but we ended up having a great day! In the afternoon she sent me to go hang out with the staff working the adult reference desk and I found myself wishing I could return to her area.
I originally went to library school with the hopes of becoming a children’s librarian in a public library but now am a systems librarian in special collections.
Anonymous said: what made you want to become a librarian and what did you do your undergrad degree in? what can you say to other prospective library school students?
I want to become a librarian because it’s first and foremost a service profession. Librarians work in service of others and abide by a strong code of ethics. I like helping people solve problems. I’m especially attracted to research methods and user instruction (that is, helping folks learn how to best use the library and other information resources).
I have a Bachelors and Masters in English Literature.
To prospective library school students I would say: Do not underestimate the service component of this profession. Don’t become a librarian because you love books. Books are just another (though wonderful) tool in an ever expanding, multi-media world of information. Become a librarian because you love people.
You know, I just came across the last bit of this answer quoted in another librarian’s presentation. And how cool is that? From just about two years ago.
Can’t stress this answer enough! Sometimes I hear students say things like, “well I want to work in archives/tech services/special collections anyway so I won’t have to deal with people!”. Sorry to break the news to you, but even those spaces requires strong people skills.
I finished the Hub Challenge a couple weeks ago, but forgot to actually wrap-up my books. I decided to divide up my list into things that I liked, disliked, and felt meh about.
Reasons I hate dating:
1) I hate talking about where people are from. Seriously, I don’t care. We live here now, let’s talk about that.
2) Uninformed jokes and remarks about librarians/libraries.
3) First dates always include the above two points and it makes my eyes want to bleed out.