Routes into ‘librarianship’ (information management), qualifications and mentoring. Huge, huge, great big subject! And anyway, on a personal level it should probably be ‘routes in and back out of librarianship’!
Firstly here is how the land lies:
- I started volunteering in the local Community college LRC about 10 years ago and decided that it was THE ‘thing’ for me
- I have worked part time term-time as a Shelver, again as a Counter Assistant (both library roles), full-time as an Acquisitions Assistant (I loved that job!), Senior Information Assistant (non-library), back to part-time as an Information Assistant (took a grade/pay cut to get back in the library), and Metadata Administrator
- Currently (still) doing the MSc Library and Information Studies courtesy of Aberystwyth University (its a funding thing……)
- My new job role (due to restructure) is team Development and Support Administrator
- I have had mentoring and will at some point bang on about the benefits of a good mentor and mentoring relationship
- I am an advocate of mentoring and have a gateway for anyone considering finding a good mentor
So on reflection I think my aims are:
- To find a good mentor again and reap the benefits
- To remind myself that I work as part of a Content team in an academic library, even if my role is somewhat less than ‘librarian’ orientated
- Complete the MSc so that I have that achievement even though I think the personal use for it – well, that ship has sailed
- Build on Professionalism
Nobody wants to hear about my route in and out of librarianship. It terribly tragic and is just one of those stories about life *gulp*. In a brief summary, it hasn’t been easy. As a single parent, working and building a career and qualifications has been arduous, and I have found myself working in the face of adversity for most of the last 10 years. I have to add, that if I had the ability to clone myself, or the power of teleportation (I wish), things may have been somewhat easier. If I hadn’t had a renegade ex husband who tried to sabotage every chance I had, or a woebetide employer (past) who saw the loss of one evening shift’s childcare as ‘breach of contract’, things may have been somewhat easier. Along the way, I have built personal resilience, perseverance, and professionalism. I have had to side step a couple of times, but I have hung in there. Why did I go to so much trouble?…….the rewards have been enormous.