Since my graduation, I have interned at two libraries (one a special library and one a public library), and am currently working in an academic library. It was my passion for education, combined with my strong belief in the democratic ethics and values behind librarianship, which led me to consider librarianship as a career. All libraries, not just academic and school libraries, play a key role in education. Libraries are wonderful, dynamic community resources, providing people with access to reliable, relevant information on a topic, empowering them to learn in a safe place and giving them the freedom to form their own opinions and make their own decisions. They are (or should be) freely and equally accessible to all members of the public, regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability etc. I want to contribute to the fantastic work librarians do in their communities.
Another thing that really appeals to me about librarianship is that it is linked to and offers opportunities to get involved in a broad range of really interesting topics, such as information rights, online privacy, digital humanities, digital technologies, cultural heritage, social justice etc. I also love that it's a profession that will allow me to continue to learn and develop knew skills.
As an avid reader and research student, I was familiar with the library from a patron perspective. As I began considering careers (I have always known I wanted to be involved in education in some shape or form), I researched librarianship online, and began reading librarians' blogs, in order to get an insight into the day to day lives of librarians, and to keep up with current topics of debate. Of course I wanted practical experience as well, and I managed to secure a four week work placement in a specialist library and a six week one in a public library. Both were very different from each other, and both were fantastic experiences. I was incredibly lucky to work with kind and inspiring information professionals, who willingly took me under their wings, offering guidance and support. If I had any remaining fears or doubts, attending this year's Library Camp put them to rest. It was the first library event I attended, and it was wonderful to discover such a friendly and welcoming community.
My introduction to the world of librarianship has been wonderful, and I'm very excited for the future!