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My First Years as a First-Year LibrarianThe New Academic Librarian: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities (2013)
I started my library career while I was still an undergraduate, without really even realizing it. At that time, I had no idea that the librarians that I was working side-by-side with were more than just library workers with bachelor's degrees. It wasn't until I had graduated myself and was working as a circulation desk clerk at the University of Miami that I found out librarians were actually specialists with master's degrees! Once I knew you could have an actual academic career as a librarian, I decided to attend the iSchool at Syracuse University via their distance learning program. I transitioned into a role as an information specialist, which meant that I worked with librarians and spent about 30 hours at the reference desk a week helping students and faculty. While working on my degree I also worked for a year at the University of Central Florida as the evening supervisor at their Curriculum Materials Center, a library just for education majors, which is where I first got involved with student orientations. Although these experiences helped me learn some of the ropes of being a librarian, my future career would be nothing like I had experienced thus far.
EditorRebeca Peacock and Jill Wurm
PublisherMcFarland and Company, Inc.
Citation InformationRebeca Peacock. "My First Years as a First-Year Librarian" Jefferson, NCThe New Academic Librarian: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities (2013) p. 27 - 33
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebeca-peacock/2/