Hello, everyone! I know I said I was finished posting, but I know some MLIS students are just discovering this blog; thus I wanted to let you know one other update. In my last post, I told you that less than two weeks after completing my coursework I landed a temp position at Dickinson College. As luck would have it, no more than a month at Dickinson went by before I landed a permanent librarian position at Schuylkill Health School of Nursing in Pottsville, PA. Again, I got this job before my degree was officially conferred (October 1). I gave Dickinson my one month notice, and I started here on October 31.
This is an incredible position to have for many reasons, the biggest one being that I’m a library of one – I’m the only library employee – so I get to do everything. And I mean everything. All of my background, from coursework to practical work, is coming into play here and it’s just an amazing experience. There’s far too much to write here, but if you find me (Christina Steffy, and my page link is in my previous post) on LinkedIn, you can see what I’m doing.
In the midst of a crummy economy, I had two great jobs before my degree was conferred, but if you check out my LinkedIn page you will see that I worked my butt off to be able to do that. I didn’t just sit back and get a degree and expect that to be it. I also took advantage of every opportunity to visit and learn about libraries and to network, and I never backed down from a challenging experience. Through hard work, I stood out. I know all of you are capable of doing that now.
Good luck to you, regardless of whatever point you are at in your MLIS career.