It finally happened. After almost 2 years of part-time work, hand-wringing, and online moping, I am now, once again, a FULL TIME LIBRARIAN!
On Wednesday, July 6, I started my first day on the job as a tenure-track reference and instruction librarian at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Library. To say I am excited would be an understatement. Although it is the summer, and most students and faculty are gone, I am spending my days getting settled into my new routine. Although I’ve worked part-time, on-and-0ff, and this library in circulation and reference for the past 2 years, there are lots of librarian-specific things I have to learn, not to mention brushing up on my teaching and collection management skills.
This is the first job I’ve started where I’m not completely “green.” It’s definitely a strange feeling, and I need to keep reminding myself to ask questions of people when I have them. I don’t know everything, nor should I.
Oh, and in case you’re interested in more details of this job, I’ll be the library liaison to the psychology, sociology, anthropology, and political science departments, as well as being responsible for updating/maintaining the library’s website. I will also be doing a lot of teaching.