This has made me think quite a bit about it. Ever since receiving my degree, I've just concentrated on getting a job, any job, to get my foot in the door. Now that my foot is in, even as precarious as it is, I'm finding that I really should consider this. If nothing else, it's likely someone will ask me about it in the interview process - my career goals should be geared towards what I want.
Here's what I've come up with: I'm excited about the future of libraries, and I want to take an active part in making that happen. The OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries Report gets me excited, ALA Midwinter 2005 TechTrends get me excited, ALA Midwinter 2006 Extreme Library Makeover speakers get me excited. I want to help make my library vibrant and relevant in the 21st century. Some of the specific things I'm interested in doing are:
- Customer Service: Be more approachable to our users, and reach out to them through anticipating their needs, giving them what they want, and avoid the condescending attitude that so often prevails at the reference desk. If the stapler needs refilling, it's not beneath me to refill it!
- Take advantage of new web technologies that streamline and advertise our services and are also part of the digital language of our students. Today's teenagers on MySpace are next year's college freshman.
- Marketing: as a University, we do have a captive clientele, so to speak, but we can do so much more to show them how relevant and helpful the library can be. It, along with the Student Union, should be the cultural center of the University.
- Finally, it would be nice to use my undergrad degree in some way, but I'm coming to realize that being only a subject specialist wouldn't be enough.
A recent Library School grad can't really be too picky right now, especially one in my position: unwilling to relocate from an area that has a glut of willing MLS's.
I'm glad I'm getting so much support in my library and from so many unexpected sources. There is a great community here that seem to want me to stay, and I certainly have no desire to leave. It gives me hope for my future here, which is more than a lot of recent MLS grads can say.