Evolution of a Librarian


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Evolution of a Librarian

  1. 1. The making of a librarian <ul><li>A recipe for success… </li></ul><ul><li>or survival? </li></ul><ul><li>How books plus kids plus knitting helped me find a career that I love. </li></ul><ul><li>A partial autobiography by Suzanne Sherry </li></ul>= + +
  2. 2. This is not my beautiful house! <ul><li>How did I get here? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The chaos of two kids made me long for <ul><li>Order </li></ul><ul><li>Minimalism </li></ul><ul><li>A Bulldozer </li></ul>At the turn of the millennium I found myself as a stay-at-home mom, with 2 small kids and a very limited budget.
  4. 4. How does a parent stay sane when they have kids under 5? <ul><li>What am I going to do with my time? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I get some peace and quiet? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I prevent burnout? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I care for my kids without losing my self? </li></ul><ul><li>Do three syllable words still exist? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a legal limit on the number of times you can play peek-a-boo—and how can I get my kids to stay under that limit? </li></ul>
  5. 5. They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. <ul><li>Being home with two small active kids is difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>But I wanted to be home with them! </li></ul><ul><li>Interruptions and constant demands are normal. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing stays done (Fed people become hungry again. A clean diaper is soon full again.) </li></ul><ul><li>What is a parent to do? </li></ul>So that is what I did.
  6. 6. Back to the beginning…. I love Books! <ul><li>Began reading independently at age 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Read Dick and Jane books with grandmother’s fourth grade class; I was 4. </li></ul><ul><li>Read everything from toothpaste tubes to J.R.R. Tolkien. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Many come to library careers through the love of literature. My childhood favorites included: <ul><li>The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien </li></ul><ul><li>D'Aulaire Book of Norse Myths and Greek Myths </li></ul><ul><li>The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett </li></ul><ul><li>All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot </li></ul><ul><li>John Bellairs novels (House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Clock, The Witch and The Ring) </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain </li></ul><ul><li>World Book Encyclopedia (I had my own set!) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Young Adult <ul><li>Worked in local library shelving books, after school and summers through college </li></ul><ul><li>Found shelving VERY tedious but learned the collection deeply. </li></ul><ul><li>NO LATE FINES! </li></ul><ul><li>Majored in Literature in College (surprised?) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ireland <ul><li>Hated the university I attended as an undergraduate. I needed a change! </li></ul><ul><li>Applied and was selected to study in Ireland for one year </li></ul><ul><li>Studied modern Irish authors (Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Synge) and recent Irish history </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, A Star Called Henry) </li></ul><ul><li>Met Paul (the love of my life) in English class; we have been married for 15 years </li></ul><ul><li>Fell in love with the country and the people. We return to visit Paul’s family every year. </li></ul><ul><li>Have 2 kids, now 4 and 7 </li></ul>
  10. 10. BoyWonder <ul><li>BoyWonder (now 7) was born determined and motivated. </li></ul><ul><li>He cried nonstop from the age of 6 months; he was mad because everyone was walking—except him! </li></ul><ul><li>He was only happy when he was practicing walking. </li></ul><ul><li>He walked independently at 9 months, and began running a week later. </li></ul><ul><li>Since he was able to move he has been a much happier person. </li></ul><ul><li>Look out world! </li></ul>
  11. 11. GirlPower <ul><li>GirlPower (now 4) is a tough cookie. Nobody pushes her around. </li></ul><ul><li>Even as a baby she had a discriminating palate </li></ul><ul><li>One day she was eating toast. I had finished the butter so I used margarine on the next slice. </li></ul><ul><li>Though she was only about 1, she threw it back at me and screamed! </li></ul><ul><li>That was her way of saying, “I may be small but I am not stupid. Give me real butter!” </li></ul>
  12. 12. And we return to the present with… <ul><li>Two active kids who fight nonstop </li></ul><ul><li>Bookworm mom </li></ul><ul><li>A desperate need for activity, order and mental stimulation for all of us </li></ul>
  13. 13. ONWARD! To the library! <ul><li>The library has it all </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Toys </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul><ul><li>Cds </li></ul><ul><li>Educational games </li></ul><ul><li>PEACE and QUIET </li></ul>We began to go to the library 2-3 times a week.
  14. 14. Knitting <ul><li>Wanted to have small thing to myself, one thing that gets done and stays done. Knitting does not unravel itself! </li></ul><ul><li>I wanted a hobby that was creative, interesting and relaxing. </li></ul><ul><li>Took adult education class in evenings </li></ul><ul><li>Made first scarf in January 2004, then a hat, then another, then socks, then a sweater……I was HOOKED </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike child care, knitting stays knitted. Its meditative, portable, and relaxing. </li></ul><ul><li>Won ribbon at the Virginia State Fair for lace shawl in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005 I completed over 70 projects </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Knitting Community <ul><li>Began going to knitting group at local coffee shop found through Yahoo Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Knit blogs became popular; blogs form a virtual community with no geographic borders </li></ul><ul><li>Began mentoring other knitters as my skill has developed </li></ul><ul><li>Knitters are known for helping—we raised over $350,000 for Doctors Without Borders in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Started own knitblog in 2005 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Knit-Library Connection <ul><li>Went to see Nancy Pearl (famous librarian) speak after hearing about the event at knitting group </li></ul><ul><li>Knew I needed to start planning to go back to work…and what did I want to do when I grow up? </li></ul><ul><li>Knitter in group already attending FSU and recommended it…. </li></ul><ul><li>Knitter in same group told me about a part-time library job…. </li></ul><ul><li>I am now finishing my final semesters at FSU. </li></ul><ul><li>I work as a real librarian! (Turbo sushing action not included.) </li></ul>
  17. 17. When life gives you lemons… <ul><li>Everyone has problems! But without problems we could have no solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to stay positive and make the most of the challenges that appear. If I had been blissful at home I would have never learned to knit, never turned to the library for help, and never attended library school. </li></ul><ul><li>My life would be so much poorer today! </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that problems have to exist for a solution to be found. </li></ul>Learn to love lemonade!
  18. 18. Credits <ul><li>Slide 2: Text is paraphrase from the song “Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads from http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/talking+heads/once+in+a+lifetime_20135070.html </li></ul><ul><li>Photo “Depth of Field” from Flickr from CreativeSpam http://www.flickr.com/photos/willyg/320564232/in/set-72157594222676472/ Available for use with a Creative Commons License. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 3: Photo “.Bulldozer_” from Flickr by Diana Madrigal http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianamadrigal/409646545/ Available for use with a Creative Commons License. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 12: Photo “Depth of Field” from Flickr from CreativeSpam http://www.flickr.com/photos/willyg/320564232/in/set-72157594222676472/ Available for use with a Creative Commons License. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 16: FSU Seal from http://fsu.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Pearl/Librarian Action Figure image from Stupid.com http://www.stupid.com/stat/LIBR.html </li></ul><ul><li>All other photos and clip art are either property of author or Microsoft. </li></ul>