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My First Day as a Librarian Trainee

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As I discussed with one of my coworkers (one of the summer pages) during my break today, a career in libraries must really be the right path for me: for the last few months, my professional growth has progressed more smoothly than I could have ever hoped. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve recently been very blessed with two successive library jobs, along with acceptance to an MLS program. Thanks for letting me revel in the moment!

So, today was my first day working as a Librarian Trainee (“trainee” because I’m still working on my MLS degree.) I was nervous about not having many reference skills, but my fears were put to rest by my supportive coworkers. These lovely librarians guided me gently through my first day sitting at “the big desk.”

Here’s a sampling of all the interesting interactions I had with patrons today:

-registering kids for programs (ie, “baby boogie time,” such cute titles)
-signing kids up for computer stations
-finding Captain Underpants, Cam Jansen, and army-themed books on the shelves with kids
-helping parents schedule time to borrow museum passes (we have a very lucky library!)

I enjoyed the ebb and [very busy!] flow of my short shift.  Even though some parts of the day were more busy than I could handle alone, I felt so satisfied helping so many people today – and I was lucky enough that most of the patrons were very friendly and patient with my emerging know-how.  I’m really looking forward to my next shift on Friday, and to the next few months of learning on-the-job.  Cheers to a great first day as a children’s Librarian Trainee!

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It’s Matriculation Time!

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This week, I made my first satisfying slices through red tape.  Like any respectable institution, Queens College has its fair share of interdepartmental twists and turns.  Considering the fact that I’ll be starting classes at the end of this month, I thought that a few weeks was cutting it close.  A friend of mine cut it even closer – a one week turnaround from acceptance to the first graduate class.  Regardless, I feel an inkling of gratification after this week’s worth of taking care of business:

  • Friday 6/4 – Acceptance. …and there was much rejoicing…
  • Wednesday 6/9 – On the phone with LIS department, advisement office, registrar, advisement, LIS.  Finally…Enrollment in my summer 701 course.  Google Calendar here I come!
  • Tuesday 6/6 – On the phone with IT, registrar, IT, registrar, IT, LIS department, made online payment (Ouch!), and on the phone with bursar.  And now…I’m an official MLS student!

It feels good to get back into the academic game and to learn again how to keep the momentum going.  The red tape wasn’t prohibitive; it was just enough to get the wheels turning in this old brain of mine.  Three cheers for library school!  Now I can become an ALA (and state) student member.

Tomorrow’s challenge:  my first Librarian Trainee job  interview.  Wish me good luck!

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