Life In Libraryland

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This is the presentation I give to 8th graders each year at their Career Fair. It describes what librarians do and what the work conditions are like.

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Life In Libraryland

  1. 1. Life in Libraryland
  2. 2. What do Librarians do? <ul><li>Answer Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Buy Books, CDs, DVDs, Magazines, Audio Books, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Weed Books </li></ul><ul><li>Design Web Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Create booklists and flyers </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Represent the Library in the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Network with other Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Teach people how to access the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Teach people how to use the Library </li></ul><ul><li>Give talks to groups </li></ul><ul><li>Book Talks </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Organize Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Make Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise other people </li></ul><ul><li>Write Grants </li></ul>
  3. 3. School Subjects <ul><li>&quot;One of the great joys of being a librarian is that it is the last refuge of the renaissance person - everything you have ever read or learned or picked up is likely to come in handy.&quot;- GraceAnne A. DeCandido, Ten Graces for New Librarians </li></ul>
  4. 4. Education <ul><ul><li>Masters Degree in Library Science (High School + College + Grad School) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wayne State University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Michigan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Various schools offer Online Degrees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Technician Degree (High School + Community College) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oakland Community College </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media Specialist (High School + College with a Teaching Degree + Grad School) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. School Library <ul><li>Elementary, middle, or high school </li></ul>
  6. 6. Public
  7. 7. Academic <ul><li>College or University </li></ul>
  8. 8. Special <ul><li>Industry (SAPPI or Howmet) </li></ul><ul><li>Medical (Hackley or Mercy-General) </li></ul><ul><li>Government/Law </li></ul><ul><li>Media (CNN or CBS) </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Database Vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Indexing </li></ul>
  9. 9. Working Conditions <ul><li>Hours </li></ul>
  10. 10. Buildings can be old:
  11. 11. Or New
  12. 12. Stress?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Connected to Other Librarians? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Salaries <ul><li>Entry Level: $20/hour or $40,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Directors: +$70,000 </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Health Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Pension </li></ul><ul><li>Paid Holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Vacation </li></ul>Benefits
  16. 16. Advancement <ul><li>Librarian I </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian II </li></ul>
  17. 17. Personal Qualities <ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Friendliness </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul><ul><li>Good Listener </li></ul><ul><li>Tenacious </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Thinker </li></ul><ul><li>Good Communication Skills </li></ul>
  18. 18. Types of Librarians <ul><li>Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Services </li></ul><ul><li>Government Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul>
  19. 19. Advice <ul><li>Be Curious </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Read a lot about a lot </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Read about things you like </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Take classes in lots of different subjects </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Learn about computers </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Read some more </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Think hard about what you really like to do, then find a career that lets you do it. </li></ul>

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