Operation Library School Status: Complete

I’m done. I don’t have my diploma yet, but I have finished all of the requisite coursework for my lovely new master’s in library science. Now I just need to find a job (please do pass along any hints or postings you may!)

I’m pleased as punch but also a little out of sorts because this is the first time I have been out of school since I was 4 years old. Put another way, I’ve been in school one way or another for twenty years. And now I’m not. It’s a very weird feeling but also an exciting one.

I learned a lot in these two years about libraries and being a librarian, of course, but I also learned a lot about myself. I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. I learned that library science really is not rocket science. And I learned that it is okay, and sometimes necessary, to just jump in head first (or feet first–which way does that expression go?).

This blog essentially started when I knew I would be applying to library school (I’ve come to think of it as the world’s longest writing sample) and now that I’m just about done, I feel like it also is starting a new chapter. It will probably be a chapter that looks very much like the previous one, but a new chapter all the same.

My main concern (like all of my fellow graduates *high fives them all*) is to find a librarian job. But now that I’m not in school I feel like I can have other plans to. For posterity (and to remind me when I slack on them all) those plans include:

  • Updating my website (not this one, my other one)
  • Finishing my novel (I was an English major before I was a librarian!)
  • Developing a writing habit (see above, also it’s time)
  • Submitting writing around (once I figure out where “around” would actually be)
  • New cross-stitch project
  • New crochet project
  • Getting rid of all the books sitting around my apartment waiting to be read (it’s time, especially since I can conceivably read all of them now . . . eventually)
  • Possibly starting an online bookclub through a wiki (this is very early stages and I need to touch base with people to get a better sense of where it’s going, but if you want to be a part of it, let me know in a comment)
  • My long promised book giveaway bonanza (so close, you guys! 33,350 hits as of this moment)

I have a few other things up my sleeve which I’m sure you’ll all hear about. For now, a big congratulations to any other graduates out there and to all of my dear readers still working through a degree, best of luck–soon you’ll be the ones waxing philosophical about that completed degree.

6 thoughts on “Operation Library School Status: Complete

  1. I would love to join a bookclub with you! I understand what you mean about the post-class thing. I am feeling a little bittersweet about it all just now. But it will be good!

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  2. #1: Congratulations! You did it!
    #2: I am in serious need of a place to talk about kids’ books with other adults. I would be in on the web bit, though I am not always the best at internet communication. I may in fact try and start an in-person book club full of library types, though I know time is always in short supply.

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  3. Thanks ladies! I’ll keep you posted on developments in regards to the book club. And, Alexa an in-person book club sounds like a great idea too!

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  4. i would love to do the book club. congratulations. we’ll miss you at epiphany! be glad you are done now and didn’t put off school and have to go back after a 20 year hiatus!

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