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