Of the summer semester, that is – and I have to say, Resources for Children Ages 6-12 is probably one of the best classes I have ever taken! I’ve loved every second of it and probably worked harder for this class than any other in my program, except maybe Vocabulary Design.
When I started lib school, there were only two things I was sure of: one, that I wanted to be one of those new, hip, tech-savvy "information scientists" and not a traditional librarian, and two, that I never, ever wanted to work as a children’s librarian. Aside from that, I was completely uncertain as to what I
wanted to be when I grew up wanted to do with my MLIS.
And now – now that both the end of my program and the end of the semester is here, I’m feeling even more uncertain. I like little* kids and I adore kids’ literature and I’m in love with public libraries – and hey, since there are always tons of children’s librarian positions available in public libraries, this should mean I can find a job easy-peasy, no? No.
First, being traditionally "women’s work," these positions are among the lowest-paid in the field. Second, most of them involve reading aloud to groups – and not being a performer by nature, this is something that I absolutely, positively cannot do. And while I’m used to low pay and can deal with that, this latter problem is an obstacle that I don’t think I can overcome.
I know this isn’t unusual – to get through one’s grad program and feel even less certain of what one wants to do with it. I just hadn’t thought it would happen to me – usually I’m pretty certain of my decisions.
*Until they start junior high. After that – send ‘em off to boarding school until they turn 17 or so!