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My Library Career

My Library Career

When I talk to people about my career as a librarian, a surprising number say “I always wanted to be a librarian.” I’m not sure they have a realistic concept of what a librarian does.

It’s helpful to love books. It’s good to have a passion for helping people and uniting them with books and information.

Most likely, they would find library work similar to other jobs, except you do your work in a library setting. I worked in libraries for 30 years. My first teen job was shelving books which gets rather tedious over time.

After getting my master’s degree in library science, I became a children’s librarian. Getting children excited about books kept me enthused about going to work each day.

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Virginia Martin with the storytime kids at the Chardon Library back in the 1970s. Ohio

Later as a reference librarian, then a department head and finally a library director, my job changed. In the final years, I spent more time preparing budgets, dealing with staffing issues, writing grant applications and other managerial chores. That meant less time actually spent with people or books which is what first attracted me to library service.

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Virginia Martin Lord during my 15 years at the Baltimore County Public Library.

Shut up in my ivory tower (otherwise known as the Director’s Office), I slaved away at my desk. It was isolating. Still, I loved that my work made a difference in people’s lives through services the library provided. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to be a librarian.

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The Weslaco Public Library in South Texas.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Libraries

 

Great Storytime Ideas by a Children’s Librarian

One of my library friends posted some great storytime topics with suggested books and songs on the List My Five website. Her username there is PupFashionista. If you ever met her dog, Esme, who dresses in adorable outfits, you’d know why she chose that name.

Here’s an example of her recommendations: Top Five Songs for Fairy Tale Storytimes.

I’m not making all the URLs clickable. Sorry, but I’m short of time. Here they are for you to check out when you need a storytime theme. You can also check my page with Storytime Ideas: Themes for Librarians and Circle Times.
http://www.listmyfive.com/2bff0f62/The-Top-Five-Bear-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/f9518c8a/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Bugs
http://www.listmyfive.com/3f0d8f46/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Food
http://www.listmyfive.com/b21f1f4b/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Transportation
http://www.listmyfive.com/957a88bc/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Fruit
http://www.listmyfive.com/9609085d/The-Top-Five-Monkey-Stories-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/0ea17e12/The-Top-Five-Cds-to-Use-In-Preschool-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/74b5f7e0/The-Top-Five-Mud-and-Rain-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/9bfb5400/The-Top-Five-Frog-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/dfd9a4e6/The-Top-Five-Duck-Stories-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/7befa0e2/The-Top-Five-Dog-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/68be77b8/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-and-Rhymes-For-Opposites-Week
http://www.listmyfive.com/4ba3783c/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Mice
http://www.listmyfive.com/678d8293/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Dogs
http://www.listmyfive.com/8f9b897a/The-Top-Five-Songs-and-Rhymes-to-Use-In-Bedtime-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/62fbb101/The-Top-Five-Picture-Books-to-Teach-the-Size-Concept
http://www.listmyfive.com/4600bf4d/The-Top-Five-Cow-Songs-and-Rhymes-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/769e692a/The-Top-Five-Emotions-and-Feelings-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/3622cbd1/The-Top-Five-Rounds-to-Sing-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/c8a98b94/The-Top-Five-Elephant-Stories-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/e2249dd1/The-Top-Five-Alligator-and-Crocodile-Songs-to-Use-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/abcac41a/The-Top-Five-Chicken-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/b1aba266/The-Top-Five-Unusual-Pets-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/e1cf92b9/The-Top-Five-Princess-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/17160800/The-Top-Five-Stars-and-Sky-Storytime-Songs
http://www.listmyfive.com/3e451fc1/The-Top-Five-Friend-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/49635c76/The-Top-Five-Storytelling-Tips-For-Library-Storytime
http://www.listmyfive.com/640b643d/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-to-Help-Get-the-Jiggles-Out
http://www.listmyfive.com/442a2618/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Pirate-Songs
http://www.listmyfive.com/5c14a771/The-Top-Five-Dinosaur-Books-to-Read-In-Storytime

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Libraries

 

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More Book Promotion Ideas

I ordered some postcards to promote my Mom’s book.  They weren’t that expensive from vistaprint.  Actually the cards were free, and I just paid postage.  It let me put a photo of the book on the postcard and some text.  On the reverse, I put the book’s description.

My Flint Hills Childhood postcard

The plan is to send the postcards out to museums and libraries in Kansas.  I know librarians like to have a piece of paper to trigger their book ordering.  At least, I always did.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2009 in Books, Libraries

 

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Librarians – The Original Search Engine

 

  • I had fun browsing on Cafe Press under the topic of librarian.  Librarians don’t really retire, we’re lifelong learners.  They have all sorts of great mugs, t-shirts, and other items with library slogans on them.Girl Reading Book from stock.xchng

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME

LIBRARIANS ARE NOVEL LOVERS

GOT QUESTIONS?  WE’VE GOT ANSWERS… LIBRARIANS

DON’T MAKE ME SHUSH YOU!

SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BOOKS

LIBRARY GROUPIE

I AM A LIBRARIAN… TO SAVE TIME, ASSUME I KNOW EVERYTHING

I’D RATHER BE READING

I BRAKE FOR LIBRARIES

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in Books, Libraries

 

Christmas Winding Down… Shifting My Writing Gears

Most of the Christmas rush is over.  Gifts bought, wrapped, mailed, unwrapped, returned, etc.  Food bought, prepared and eaten.  Cards sent and received. 

I’m trying to get maximum enjoyment out of the Christmas trees and decorations before having to put them away.  Surely I can keep them up until January 1st at least.  Somehow the dread of boxing all the decorations hangs over my head at this time.  Putting them up was a lot more fun.

Of course, all those eHow articles I wrote about Christmas topics will languish for the next eleven months.  No one wants to know How to Decorate a Golf Cart for Christmas or How to Start a Holiday Ornament Tradition in April. 

So I’m on to other topics.  My current enthusiasm is writing up ideas for library book displays.  I covering it month-by-month, so there’s twelve articles to write for a start.  Maybe I should dredge through my old papers and find other library topics to write.  I doubt that there’s much of an audience for those, but might as well share my knowledge before it gets totally crowded out of my mind.    Here’s the first one: How to Make Library Book Displays for January.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2008 in Books, holidays, Libraries

 

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I Love Books and Libraries

Dad - reading an old favorite

Dad - reading an old favorite

I made a good career choice when I picked librarianship.  It kept me fascinated for 30 years.  All aspects of library work from children’s librarian to reference librarian, middle management to library director, offered new challenges and rewards.

Even though I’m retired, I still “brake for libraries.”  There’s some irrisistable draw to an old Carnegie library building filled with books.  Our whole family loves to read.  Here are my articles on books, reading and libraries:

My family has a number of articles about their love of reading.  Take a look at these:

How to Personalize a Bookshelf by Gail Martin …My Wall of BooksLook Who I Met In The ArchivesA lot of Lincoln is on our bookshelvesMy Parents Had Bookshelves Too

From the Bookshelf Indeed by Carol Garriott …Life Behind the Circulation DeskWhat is it About HarryNew Book Out

Life Without Georgette by Shannon Hyle …Falling in Love Among the BookshelvesMy Bookshelves

She Was a Woman Before Her Time by Cynthia Ross …Books, Books & More Books

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2008 in Books, Family, Libraries, Reading, Writing

 

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