My Awesomely Random Life (and Everything in Between)

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Do you remember that time I…

…WAS OFFERED A POSITION AS HEAD LIBRARIAN AT WESTWOOD COLLEGE?!?!?!

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

That’s right, guys.

It finally happened.

Finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally happened.

Finally.

After a very long, lonnnng three years of job hunting/searching/applying and interviews. After many, mannnnnnny rejection letters, emails and phone calls. After a *bushel and a handbag of almosts, so-close’s and no’s….I did it!

*Sidebar (Is that still a phrase people use? If not, I’m henceforth bringing it back! Is henceforth still a word people use? If not, do it people. Any word that in any way resembles these guys is my favorite word ever.)

No matter how frustrated I got, how much I wanted to throw in the towel and give up, I kept trying. I kept putting myself out there.

But most importantly, I kept praying.

I don’t always know what the big guy upstairs has up his sleeve for me. In fact, I never do. None of us are privy to that information. But I think it’s better that way. It gives us something to hope for, something to strive for, something to keep our faith steadfast and true. Whatever His plans for you and I are and/or will be, I know that they will be amazing. And they will happen on His time, not mine or yours (something I have struggled with for pretty much always. And probably will continue to struggle with.) But if I have learned anything through this experience, it’s to never, ever give up hope and never, ever stop believing. And know that things happen when at just the right time they are supposed to.

HOLY REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS, SUPERMAN!

I’M A LIBRARIAN!!!!!! 🙂

If I could give any piece of advice–which as a librarian, I would like to think it’s my business to do so–it would be to not be afraid to dream. Dream big and dream loud. Do everything you can to make that dream a reality, even if it takes a very lonnnnnng time, if you get mannnnnny rejection letters, emails and phone calls and especially after you receive a *bushel and a handbag of almosts, so-close’s and no’s.

Do. Not. Give. Up.

Sorry Nike, but in this case, I am urging you to just NOT do it.

Keep doing, trying, and most importantly….

….keep praying.

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MASTER of the Universe

Hey guys!

Happy Tuesday 🙂

Soooooo….

There’s a very good chance I lost some of my sanity along the way–not that I had much to begin with–along with the addition of a few gray hairs…

….but I am so very proud and excited to say that I AM OFFICIALLY A MASTERS OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE GRADUATE!!!! Being a full-time student AND going to work full-time WHILE trying to maintain some sense of a social life and not go completely bonkers was definitely a challenge but friends, I did it. Not only did I do it (and I will admit, I learned so much and had a great time along the way), but I kicked its booty! I was ended up getting an overall GPA of 4.0, graduating with honors at the top of my class. Mark that in the “Things I am Uber Proud Of” column for surely!

When I decided to go back to school, I was a little nervous. I was at a point in my life where I wasn’t really all that happy career-wise. I was thankful that I had a full-time job that paid well, but I woke up every day just dreading to go into work. I just felt that there was something I was meant to do, and working in the cut-throat world of advertising and marketing wasn’t it. It took some time and self-reflection to figure out what it was that really made me smile, what it was that I loved, what it was that I was good at and enjoyed doing.

I love books.

I love people.

I love inspiring the people I love to love books just as much as I do.

All that led me to this simple conclusion: I was born to be a librarian. I was born to ignite the imagination of others, to help them discover worlds of information, to be surrounded by possibility and knowledge.

Even though I knew what I had to do, taking this leap of faith and going back to school was scary. I was leaving something that was a for-sure thing, something that was stable.

Life is all about taking chances, chasing your dreams, and not leaving anything for regret. If you are lucky enough to find something that ignites a fire in you, a passion, a reason to wake up smiling every day, take my advice (I am in the information business after all; I know what I’m talking about…most of the time anyway) AND GO AFTER IT! Don’t let anyone or anything prevent you from making your dream a reality.

As the noted author Mark Twain famously once said, ““The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

When God closes a window…

…he not only opens a door, but he has a plate of tacos waiting for you on the other side.

Through out my26 years of life, I have seen things, experienced things, and heard things that have made me ask the question, “Why?’why

“Why now?”

“Why not now?”

“Why me?”

“Why not me?”

When I think of the plan that God has mapped out for me, I get excited and curious. In all honesty, I also get frustrated sometimes. It’s like I am driving towards my destination, a road trip that has been both amazing and scary, easy and difficult. After all of the pit-stops, flat tires, wrong turns and pot holes, it looks like I am finally within reach of one of the marks on my life’s map, with gas (and a half a bag of Cheetos) to spare.

I can see my destination on the right when all of a sudden, God takes the wheel and makes a hard left.

I am confused. And a bit whip-lashed.  And upset because my half a bag of Cheetos is now sprawled across the floor of my car.

But I put back on my sunglasses, turn up the radio, and go for the ride.

I have faith that God is taking me in the direction where I need to go and that every mile, every experience, every moment that has led up to this point happened for a reason.

As most of you know, I was recently offered a position in Denver as a children’s librarian. I was so excited and ready to begin this next chapter (pun intended) in my life, working with children and books and children’s books. What more could a new young rock star librarian ask for?

Unfortunately, I had to make the very difficult decision to turn down the job. While it was a great opportunity, I wouldn’t have been able to make ends meet with the compensation they were offering to give me. This school, as well as a lot of libraries around the country have been hit hard with budget cuts, limiting the number of employees and services in which they can provide. It deeply saddens me that libraries and books are one of the first things sacrificed in these situations. This is actually of the things I want to try and change once I get established in my professional career. Everyone, especially children, deserve to have books and libraries at their disposal, no matter what!

Even though God may have steered me in a new direction, I am very hopeful. He must have a greater and better idea for where I should be. This whole experience just helps to reaffirm confidence in my ability to be a successful, integral, and amazing librarian and/or curator.

I potentially have an amazing opportunity working at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Children’s Curator and couldn’t be more excited about that. In all honesty, I was kind of leaning towards this position all along. Maybe the big guy upstairs just had to step in a little bit, give me a little nudge, to help me realize what a wonderful “change of course” this might be. But if that doesn’t happen to work out, I know something equally as awesome will come my way.

I want to thank you all for your support and will most certainly keep you updated on everything and anything that may come my way.

I’ve got my tunes cranked up, my sunglasses on, and a full bag of Cheetos in my glove compartment.

Bring on the road trip!

Question of the day: Have you ever been faced with a “change in direction?” How did you handle it?

So that little thing…

…that I have been meaning, itching, DYING to share with you all?

Hold on to your britches folks (because I nearly lost mine when I find out) because…

IGOTAJOB!!!!!!!

IGOTAJOB!!!!!!!

IGOTAJOB!!!!!!!

IGOTAJOB!!!!!!!

HOLY GUACAMOLE I GOT A JOB!!!!

This is my HOLY GUACAMOLE I JUST GOT MY DREAM JOB face. Nice, no?

This is my HOLY GUACAMOLE I JUST GOT MY DREAM JOB face. Nice, no?

And not just any job. My dream job!

I officially accepted the position of head librarian at Denver’s Bruce Randolph Middle School this afternoon. I honestly am still in a bit of shock, sweating and shaking and smiling like a maniac! I cannot wait to get started working with a great group of kids, getting them excited and interested in reading, inspiring them to think outside of the box and become the great life-long learners that I know they can be. I am on a mission to break the commonly held stereotypes of libraries and librarians! No longer is it going to be a stuffy and scary place to go, no siry Bob! And the great thing about this position is that I get full reign to do and make and create whatever space and educational (and fun) programming that I want.

And boy do I have big plans. HUGE!

I have a bunch-a-crunch of things on my ‘To-Do’ list (Moving across the country in two weeks? No problem. I got this.) before I make the big move but I just HAD to take a second and tell you guys!

I can’t even begin to express how grateful and thankful and lucky I am for having such a great group of friends and family (THE BEST) all supporting me through this whole process. Over and over again, God has shown that he has a great plan for me mapped out, and even though sometimes I question these plans (or diverges in the road as they may be), he always shows me that with a little faith, and a little hope, things will work out amazingly.

I cannot wait to see what this wonderful opportunity may bring and know that whatever lies ahead, it will be amazing!

Thank you all!

And happy Friday!

 

 

 

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