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A really good time at work - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
A really good time at work
I complain so much that I sometimes forget how much I like my job. I just had a great hour with a bunch of spastic kids begging for new trivia questions and racing to get the answers. When I ran out of candy prizes, one of them asked for a coupon that had been in a candy bag if she could just do one more question, please!

I'm so going to put together a major trivia game this summer. I just need a good prize. And maybe they can work in teams, just for fun, and I'll put some questions they can find the answers to by doing free local stuff on nice, sunny days.

Sorry. That was just a nice day-capper. The job part can be stressful sometimes, but what in the world would I do if I didn't have these nutballs around? I even like the ones who do make trouble.

I feel a bit...: cheerful cheerful

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From: anatomiste Date: June 16th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like so much fun... I'm thinking about aiming for a master's in library science myself, actually. What kind of library do you work in?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 16th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Public. Corporate pays more, but you couldn't pay me enough to do it. Academic is good too and about the same pay as public, but I love public libraries in principle and as a concept. I went in with no thought other than public library work. And, I'm in the first major municipally funded public library system in the country! (Why, yes. I do do tours. ;))
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 16th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just as a PS, since you're expressing interest in the career:

Despite the fact that we're incredibly short on librarians, libraries are doing nothing at all to make the job attractive to smart people who could be making more money elsewhere. The nitty-gritty day-to-day stuff is pretty dull, as far as cataloging (even my cataloging professor thought it was dull, and rewarded us with mimosas in class when we all finished) and so on go. What I love about my job is working with teenagers every day. If I had a choice between remaining a librarian but not working with teens or working with teens and not remaining a librarian, I wouldn't hesitate--I'd pick working with teens every day and twice on Sunday. Of course, the choice isn't likely to come up as, for some reason, librarians who want to focus on teens as a first priority are even scarcer on the ground than other librarians. I don't get it myself. The librarian bit is something I don't have any special objections to, but it's the chance to work with this bunch of human beings that I'm passionate about, and that makes me happy. And nothing hacks me off more than other people in my profession who are rude to them, and there are unfortunately a few who are. Grrrrr.
From: anatomiste Date: June 17th, 2004 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much!

I visited a corporate librarian the other day, and while she was certainly interesting enough, I do not want to live in a sea of American Statistical Association publications all day.

But I do like teenagers. This is possibly because I have a few months left of being one, myself, but yeah. Thinking of public or school libraries, as both have had such an impact on my life. (Kept me sane throughout middle school when I had No Friends except Tolkien and Robin McKinley, f'example.)

At this point, unless I suddenly develop the ability to do organic chemistry, it's either this or teaching English for me. Luckily enough both of these possibilities appeal to me greatly.

...anyway. Thanks again for telling me a bit about your job. I hope you have many more instances like the one described above!
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