I started working in libraries during my senior year of college when I applied for a shelving position at the Boulder Public Library. After learning that I would be staying in Boulder to pursue a Master’s degree in English, I stayed on at the library in the reference department as a part-time reference assistant.
At that point, I thought that my life was going to be that of an academic, and that path seemed be unfolding before me when I started a few years later at Northwestern University. Yet, after being in a PhD program for 3 years, I decided that this path was not the one I wanted to be on anymore.
The reasons for my “veer” were numerous and mostly predictable. After starting work at the Newberry Library in their teacher programs department, I decided that returning to libraries would be a good thing.
And thus far it has proven to be a good thing, a very good thing. Of course, as an early career librarian, I only have optimism to bolster me and send me on my way, but that certain beats the alternative. Now, I am at the Des Plaines Public Library and working hard to stay there.