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posted March 23, 2015 11:56 AM by
Okay, well, I'm technically a library clerk, and a part-time one at that. But still, it's a start! I started my first shift at the Boston Architectural College tonight and I am extremely excited to sit in their high stools behind the reference desk and do a whole lot of homework on the catalog computers!
To be serious though, this is my first real job in a library since I was a shelver during my freshman year in undergrad. Throughout the night, everything felt so familiar and yet so incredibly different. For example, I worked at the humanities library at my college, which was absolutely massive and contained the bulk of their print resources. Here, most of the stacks start with NA, and the periodicals seemingly take up half of the library's collection. But even with the limited amount of call number prefixes, there is so much to explore. We have closed stacks and reserve titles that hold so much promise. During my break I scanned the closed stacks and saw titles on theatre architecture, Japanese gardens, and ancient Rome. If I weren't already working full time and trying to finish my internship via LIS438, I'd want to enroll in a few classes here at the BAC.
The one part of the job that I find a little daunting could be the reference aspect, which is probably the biggest aspect of the job other than manning the check out scanner. I have little to no architectural knowledge - I know enough to sing along to Simon and Garkfunkel's "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" - so I'm hoping that I learn just as much as the students do here on a daily basis. Thankfully, my fellow library clerk is a former student and current teacher so I can unabashedly hide behind her if my database searching skills fail me. So everyone, please wish me luck and maybe I'll include some fun architecture trivia in my next post.
As an addendum, sadly I don't have any updates on the love triangle mystery that I discovered during my archival internship. I'm worried that if I do research on the World War II soldier in question, I will learn something that will break my heart. So once I find the courage, I'll let you all know!
posted February 20, 2015 9:54 PM by
Like many others, I was inspired by this Humans of New York story. It made me think about the impact teachers and principals can have, and, following that logic, public librarians in urban settings. When I applied to library school, I wrote part of my application essay on the need for quality library services for traditionally underserved populations. I want every child to have access to a great public library with materials and programming and technology and responsive librarians. I want to be one of those responsive librarians.
Except that I work in a suburb with a decidedly not underserved population.
Don't get me wrong. I love my job and everything about it. But the other day, reading story after story about Mott Hall Bridges Academy and the inspiring Principal Lopez (and the even more inspiring Vidal Chastanet), I started to think that maybe I should be working in an urban library.
Then, I saw a job listing for the same type of position I have now, but in an urban setting. I shouldn't have even thought twice, right?
I'm learning so much where I work now. I don't want to give that up quite yet, to work in a library with fewer resources. I want to keep learning how things can be done, with healthy budgets and dedicated, innovative staff and active Friends and a community that considers libraries a priority.
Oh, I applied for the city job. I haven't heard anything yet, so maybe I won't even have to make the decision. But this has been a good exercise in figuring out what I really want to do after SLIS.