I guess turn about is fair play and since Tom so willing did my meme, I have to do his – How I got into this mess or How did you become a librarian? I think not only is this story long, it’s kinda boring. But here it goes, try to stay awake ok?
My first paying job at age 16 was a clerk at the local public library, a tiny l library, we had less than 10 staff members, one MLS librarian. This meant I actually worked the reference desk every other weekend. Eventually I moved on to a higher paying job so I could afford a car and other items a teenage girl must have. I have worked a LOT of different places doing many different things, we’ll save that for another time.
Through most of high school I thought I wanted a degree in psychology, I even took classes at a local college, but when I got to college I decided it wasn’t for me. I had a great History professor, so I decided on history. At first I thought I would teach High School, but luckily my program required a 1 credit practicum at the beginning and I quickly realized I did NOT want to teach teenagers. Enter two more great History professors, the first being my adviser who encouraged me to continue my education after graduation, the second being a teacher who was willing to do independent study with me and help me get the experience I need for a Masters program. Looking back this independent study was crazy I read a book of her selection every week and gave her a report on it. A book a week! in addition to my other course work. and we’re not talking the latest John Grisham. I did some other independent study in the Anthropology department where the area of my interest overlapped between History and Anthropology. I took Spanish and became fluent. I applied for Grad Schools.
Just one problem, there was a guy. I ended up deferring my enrollment in Grad School to spend year with him where he went to school. We didn’t last six months. About the time I was supposed to be heading to Oregon for school one of my friends said – why don’t you become a librarian. Just like that. I saw her earlier this year in England and I was giving her credit for my success and she laughed because she didn’t even remember saying it.
I applied at library schools and went to the University of Arizona. I had to write an essay for admissions so I wrote this really moving essay about how my dad inspired and encouraged me to read and question everything in my world. Later when I told me parents about it my mom laughed. She said I didn’t even like to read until the school did the Book It program. So apparently my love of pizza got me started on the road to becoming a librarian. Who knew?
I went to Grad school with some amazing people.
My first gig out of a school was at a corporate library, which was a great experience because I did everything. And now I’m a Digital Services Library at a public librarian.