Thursday, 4 October 2012

thing 20: library route

So this is how I became to be a librarian...
I always thought my story is unusual, but after reading some of the posts it seems it isnt.
From age 12 or so my dream was to become an architect. Well, all my life at school and University I aimed at getting one (though I had other interests, too), which ended up with a degree from a fairly reputable university. After some jobs I found myself not being very happy and was thinking that somehow I have to change my life. 
From school days on I spent lots of time in libraries and I remember always enjoying the environment. At some point when somebody asked me why I work as a librarian I said: Well, I like being in libraries, so I thought I like to be working in one. 
When it came to choosing my studies I very briefly considered librarianship, but it seemed to be very dull and only about numbers... As a student I took on a job as a student assistant managing a small special library, which I enjoyed a lot.
The turning point came when I was working on an art competition and spent some time in the architectural library at university researching. By then I was really frustrated by my job, which was the reason why I spent my holidays doing a competition. Sitting there I was watching the librarian and thought: this must be the perfect job! Being on top of whats happening in the subject but only the theoretical bit of it, and most important: delivering a service in a nice environment instead of having to argue all the time, working lots of time for not much money. I asked the librarian how she managed to get this job and she explained to me that there are options for academics to do a postgrad (as I didnt wnat to start from scratch) and you wouldnt be the one to stamp the books, but doing really interesting stuff. She managed to arrange a meeting with the subject librarian and what he told me about his job reassured me that this must be the perfect job for me!
From that day I tried to find out how to get there which wasnt so easy because of the federal system in Germany and there was age restriction for most routes :-( I cant remember how many places I applied for, but finally I managed to get a place for a Masters in Library and Information Science, which turned to be out very lucky as I later decided to go the UK, and this was a degree that was a accredited :-)

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