My first day as a librarian.
Well, I suppose I was technically considered a librarian as soon as I received my MLIS (May 2008), but today marked the first time I was actually employed as one. That’s right, today was my first day as the Outreach Librarian at the Millersville University Ganser Library. I made it through a week of new faculty orientation, a week of cleaning out my office, and a crazy first day. Well, not too crazy. Some random observations:
My Office. My office space is actually a lot larger than I ever imagined. It’s the first time I have had my own office because at RIT I was part of a department with 2-5 people in the vicinity at any given time. I was rarely alone and enjoyed the company of my colleagues and our amazing student workers. It seems a little bit lonesome now that I’m all alone. However, I’ve been keeping my office doors (yes, there are actually three doors to my office area) open and many of my new colleagues have been visiting. I like that! My office is located in the old government documents section, and has been re-purposed for my Outreach activities. I cleaned out a lot of random stuff and extra furniture, and now it looks so empty! I’m working on getting a new desk and some other things to make it into a functional, professional, and creative space. I also have some windows, although small! Sweet!
My Schedule. OMFG, meetings! I kid you not, I have about 8 meetings already scheduled for this week! It’s insane. All good stuff though: I start my training on the reference desk, I’m meeting with the Interim Library Director, the department chairperson, the Library Fest committee, and a few other library faculty members. I am really looking forward to getting settled and started. There is a library welcome get-together tomorrow afternoon where I will be able to meet everyone I have missed during my various tours of the building!
My parents sent me an awesome plant/flower basket for my office, they’re amazing! I was just thinking about how this is the culmination of not only the past two years of graduate school, but a long process of figuring out what I want to do with my life. I didn’t plan on being a librarian until my junior year of college, but ever since that moment, I have been positive that I made the perfect decision. I’m sure that this year will bring lots of learning experiences, both good and bad, as I learn to navigate the somewhat choppy waters of being a “real life” librarian in academia.
So… tell me about your first job!