There’s NO WAY I thought I would have such news so soon after graduating earlier this year with my MLIS, but I have actually been hired for my first librarian job! It’s a full time, temporary position as an Adult Services Librarian for the Auburn Library in Auburn, Washington (yes, the same city I wrote about here) and was open only to applicants within the King County Library System. It’s kinda the perfect job to serve as a stepping stone into a librarian career.
I feel incredibly, incredibly lucky. The staff at the Auburn Library seem like an excellent team and I think I will have a set of fantastic mentors to help guide me. In September of next year the person who occupied this position previously will have the option of taking the position back – and my old job as an LTA will be saved for me, although everyone already knows I’m not planning to come back (and have said as much to me).
My specific job duties will include:
- providing reader’s advisory
- answering reference questions
- managing parts of the collection
- maintaining and creating community links
- develop/design/host adult programs
And, frankly, I’m so excited I struggle to express it in words. A career was never part of my life plans – I was raised in a conservative religious environment where women were actively discouraged from becoming career-oriented (luckily, there has been some progress in recent years regarding this attitude). I had zero professional guidance from my parents – my mother hasn’t worked since getting married and my father joined the Navy after high school, taking various jobs to support his growing family until he landed a job at Boeing (where he’s worked ever since). My siblings and I are all first generation college students, and I’m the first and only among them to earn a master’s degree, as well as to be employed in a field requiring a degree. But I’ve been fortunate – fortunate that my random job-jumping landed me at Green River College, where I stopped being intimidated by a masters degree and talked with the educational advisor to flesh out ideas for my future. I got hired on to KCLS as an LTA, not a Page – everyone tells me that rarely happens. And now I’m jumping from LTA to Librarian – again, it’s incredibly rare and that’s been mentioned to me more than once.
I feel very grateful and determined to prove myself worthy of the rare opportunities I’ve been afforded. My start date is December 16th, so in the meantime I think I’m going to put together some ideas for “tools” I can use in my librarian role.