12.15.2017

in which i achieve a career milestone

I am a Senior Librarian!

It's a position I have aspired to for quite a while. Although I love my current job as a youth librarian, I've been ready to move on for a while. I had several near-misses, but couldn't get over the top. Just as my colleagues and I were all convinced I was being discriminated against because of union activism, I placed first in a big competition, and ended up with my choice of several locations.

I chose the Children's Department of Central Library -- where I started as a Library Page and where I had my first Librarian job. During the past year, when I sometimes covered the information desk in that department, I remembered how much I enjoyed being there. I loved introducing all our newcomer families to the many resources we offer, loved finding tweens their next great read, loved being around children who are excited about books -- and the challenge of enticing children who aren't. It has its moments of insanity and frustration, of course, but what work doesn't. The great majority of the time, it's such a happy, positive place, a place that gives me energy.

All this and I get to keep my seven-minute commute.

Senior Librarian means being in charge of the day-to-day operations of a branch or department, being everyone's supervisor except the manager. My work with our union has really prepared me for the challenge.

I'm also happy to create an opening for one of our many talented members, hopefully someone who has a librarian degree but is not yet working as a librarian, someone who wants to work with youth. I've made no secret of the fact that I'm trying to get out of the way!







6 comments:

Lorne said...

Congratulations, Laura. It sounds like you will be bringing a real passion to your new position. As one who has been passionate about books my entire life, I know yours is a job with real worth and meaning.

laura k said...

Thank you so much, Lorne. I do have a passion for it.

impudent strumpet said...

Congratulations!

And, on a purely selfish note, I hope working in the children's section means more entertaining "overheard in the library" posts

Amy said...

So happy for you! I still recall your doubts before starting school---and look at you now! Obviously, you made the right decision. Enjoy!

laura k said...

Thank you both!

Imp, good point! Things can be very entertaining in that world.

Amy, it has turned out to be a very good decision. But how could I not have doubts -- it was a leap into the unknown. Thank you for your support and cheers. :)

deang said...

Congratulations!