I have struggled in earnest to return to Librarianship since leaving it behind in 2011. I have had other distractions and happy days, but never more have I felt the need to re-engage with a career that I am positive and passionate about as now.
So here is my to do list which may help if you are in the same position…
1. Join or re-join CILIP… Read Update as well as blogs and any other library news items to keep up to date with developments
2. Get your CILIP accreditation and/or any other library qualifications
3. Write your personal statement using all library based examples of experience
4. Visit libraries and library projects…get back stage passes wherever possible
5. Brush up on your basic library history…Ranganathan* calls!
6. Seek out opportunities to engage in library based professional activities
7. Engage in volunteer projects for conservation, archiving etc
8. Attend CILIP training days…make sure you’re a member of the CDG
9. Find a teaching course and/or experience
10. Drink tea, put your hair in a bun, don your pencil skirt and heels, and don’t forget your red lipstick. Reading is sexy…
*The Five laws of library science is a theory proposed by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931, detailing the principles of operating a library system. Many librarians worldwide accept them as the foundations of their philosophy.
These laws are:
Books are for use.
Every reader his [or her] book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the reader.
The library is a growing organism.