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.