Friday, 30 September 2011

Thing 10: Graduate traineeships, Masters Degrees, Chartership, Accreditation

It's fair to say, I've always done things the hard way. My route into librarianship has been no exception. I've taken the scenic route. It looks a little something like this.
Way back in Thing 1 when I was introducing myself, I pretty much outlined my path into the library world. I started working life as a nurse, but after a meander around various community homes, rehabilitation centres and psychiatric wards, I found myself in a public library reading picture books to five year olds. My library path has taken me through University libraries, with a short stop as a volunteer in a chaplaincy library. Driven me on to volunteer as an information officer for a small charity. Guided me to a specialist library, with a small detour into a knowledge management position. And on the way, I attempted to complete a degree in library and information studies. An experiment which was suddenly halted.
Currently, I'm at a bit of a crossroads. I have an undergraduate diploma in Library and Information Science. Which means I can officially call myself a DipLib. Or as I much prefer, a dippy librarian. I work in a government library in what might be called a 'qualified' position. I'm currently completing my Acilip portfolio and attempting to make a decision about what to do next. I'm under no illusions that the Acilip is enough to keep me in a job I love. My options appear to be:
  • Volunteer work to gain further technical skills
  • Crawl back to University of Wales, Aberystwyth, complete my dissertation and gain a full BScEcon Information & Library Studies.
  • Find a way of travelling to London each week to complete the rather sexy sounding MA in Electronic Communication and Publishing.
  • Apply to Robert Gordon University to complete the MSc in Information Management
  • Attend the University of the West of England, Bristol to complete the MSc in Information and Library Management.
  • Hang for a potential promotion within my own workplace...and accept that it may not be within the 'library'.
Or attempt a combination of some of the above.
Not the usual path into life as a qualified librarian, but so far, the journey has been fun. If only the scenic path was a little less convoluted.