Librarian in Training Pt 5

It’s officially, official. It’s really real, y’all. Two weeks ago, I interviewed for a promotion at my library. I would move from being a circulation assistant, checking out and returning books, to a public services associate, answering patron questions, recommending books, basically everything a librarian does without the MLS/MLIS degree. A week after my interview, I got a phone call. I got the job! But I had to keep quiet about it until the announcement was made. It was hard, y’all.  I felt terrible for lying to my coworkers when they would ask if I’d heard back from the interview panel., like to the point where I was feeling very seriously like blurting it out just so I could stop feeling so bad.

The official announcement was made on Monday! I don’t have to lie anymore! It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now comes the transition. I feel as though I’m in an in-between state. I’m still a circulation assistant at te moment, so I still have to do circulation things. However, I’m being offered these opportunities to be the contact person on things, lead programs, and on top of that I’m planning something huge for next year AND getting ready for my first program on Dec. 13. It’s a craft program, and relatively easy, it’s just the waiting and the shopping.

But I’m getting a bit off topic. I’m really excited about the opportunities that this presents. I’ll be able to help more people. I’ll be able to put my school skills to use, while continuing to learn in school and at work. I do have fears, of course I do. I’m afraid that I won’t do well in my new position. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find a balance between being a full-time employee and a full-time student. However, I am determined to make this work. If that means altering my school schedule so that I can get used to being full-time, then that is what I’ll do. I am that much closer to fulfilling this dream of mine. How many others get to say that?


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