I started off as a trainee librarian in 2000, while finishing my Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science. On one level it wasn’t really that long ago, but so much has changed since then: the technology, the information environment, me…
The job involved me sitting at the reference desk in a large university library, and answering questions ranging from “What time does the Library close?”, and “Where is building 400?” through to “Where are the management journals?” and “Can I download the latest Linux Ubuntu release here?”
It was a good job for a newbie librarian. For me in particular, it showed me that I could indeed do the job of a librarian. I don’t know why, but for the longest time I thought that I wasn’t knowledgeable enough, well read enough, or smart enough, to be a successful librarian.
Where do these bizarre, self-limiting ideas come from?? I’m just glad I’ve managed to put that one aside.
My first job was a good one for another reason – it led me to my first job immediately after graduation from library school. I have been working in uni libraries ever since.
What was your first library job?