A while back I mentioned the boys’s school asked me to volunteer as their children’s librarian. I told them I would think about it, and this morning I accepted the position. I’m nervous. The Mister, on the other hand, is really excited for me. He thinks this is something I’m going to love doing since it involves kids and books in a learning environment. I repeat, I’m just nervous. I’m nervous about the responsibility, about doing a great job, about inspiring in the kids a love of reading. I’m not even supposed to teach–I’m a glorified filer–but I feel like I’ve accepted the challenge to mold the future. I don’t know how you teachers shoulder the pressure.
Today I gave the school my hours and because I’m me, mentioned I wanted to computerize the library. They had an electronic system purchased and ready to go years ago, but their librarian was resistant to change and technology so it sat unused. It’s out of date and the license has expired, so they told me to find a system I liked and they would pay for it and my training. I have no idea where to begin. I know there are several librarians out there, so tell me what’s what.
I am not a librarian. Years ago I had to decide between getting a law degree or getting a library science degree. I chose the former, but since hindsight is 20/20 I can’t say whether I chose poorly. In law school the library science classes were my favorites (naturally) and in an ideal world I would have continued my education and become a law librarian, but that’s an additional degree. I wasn’t looking for more years and more loans. How funny that despite everything I ended up in a library.
Unpaid, mind you.
I suspect if I do a good enough job they may find money in the budget to bring me on full time in the next year or two. (A former research attorney willing to work near minimum wage in a Catholic library? Please. They’d be cuckoo not to take advantage of my poor business sense.)
I’m asking for assistance from those of you with library science and literacy experience, particularly with children. I know there are a few of you out there. I just need a nudge in the right direction–I’m not arrogant enough to think you can condense your expensive education (master’s program for some of you) into bullet points. Books, websites, programs, anything along those lines would help.
The good news is that with private school libraries being so often neglected, even the smallest amount of dedication looks impressive. I hope.
That cute literary genres poster is available for sale here, and you can bet I’m going to buy it for the kids.