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Career Story: Children's Librarian At A Small Public Library

Children's Librarian At A Small Public Library

Job Title: Children's Librarian

Type of Company: I work for a public library in central North Carolina.

Education: •• BA, English •• MLS, Library Science

Previous Experience: I was a high school English Teacher.

Job Tasks: I mainly work at the check-out desk where I check books out to patrons and check them back in to the library. I answer reference questions and help people find out what books they would like to read next. We print out pages off of public computers. I also help find books that people request to be placed on hold for them. I help people use the copier and computer. I register them for library cards. I do school age programming i.e. book character parties, home school classes, teen events, crafts et cetera. I take elementary classes on tours. I visit elementary schools to do story telling and promote Summer Reading Programs.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping people. I also love to entertain, so I enjoy story telling, reading stories, and performing in puppet shows. The worst part of my job is not being able to help someone to his or her satisfaction.

Job Tips: If you want a career at a public library, get experience before you apply for a job. I worked at a bookstore while I was going to get my degree. You should also do an internship, preferably with a library system that you want to work with. It will help you get a foot in the door. Finally, play and have and fun at your job. I read a great book called FISH! by Stephen Lundin. Aside from playing and having fun, you can choose your attitude, be present and make their day. You should also make sure that the school you apply to is accredited for Library Science. Another way to gain experience is to volunteer. Again, I recommend volunteering at the library system that you wish to work in so that they can see your work ethic. I would recommend dressing business-casual as you volunteer so that they have a good impression of you.

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