So as you know, I’m currently in graduate school to become a professional librarian. (Yes, it is a profession, and yes, you do have to go to school for that.) Anyway–when I am finished, I will be the proud bearer of an MLIS, or master’s in library and information studies. I’m really pumped about it; I totally support the mission of libraries to provide free access to information, to help educate and bring the people in a community together, to promote literacy and information literacy, to counter censorship, all the while hanging around books, technology, and the heppest cats you’ll ever meet. I am soooooooo thankful that I decided to embark upon this path and feel pretty lucky that I already have a library job, pre-degree. I have finally found my tribe.
So what’s the problem, you might ask? Not a problem, really, but an… issue. A question. A slight query: what kind of librarian do I want to be? I could be a children’s librarian, a youth/teen services librarian, a public reference librarian, a cataloger, a school media specialist. An art librarian, a music librarian, a law librarian, a corporate librarian, a medical/health services librarian. An archivist, a museum librarian, a subject specialist, a news librarian, or a generalist academic librarian. And I’m certain there are other types that I’m missing here as well.
What I like is the new and the old. La nouvelle et l’ancienne. So I feel kinda stuck between two very disparate career paths… emerging technologies/web librarian and rare book and manuscript specialist. I know there is a need to digitize old and rare items, however, so perhaps there is some overlap.
As I also have some unusual interests, I was heartened to find this kindred soul‘s dissertation online. Could it really be true? Could I actually study to become a real-life Rupert Giles??!! I’ve been told there aren’t many jobs out there for rare book folk. Is this true? Anyone with any comments or stories to share on this front? I can’t imagine there’d be an overwhelming call for librarians versed in the history of alchemy, astrology, folk magic, and the occult; however, I know for a fact that there are plenty of occult special collections within academic and research libraries around the world and here in the U.S. But how do I get there?