I’m still looking for some hourly work for the fall. My current place is holding 10 hours/week of hourly work for me, but I haven’t had a lot of luck so far with finding definite employment to make up the other 10 hours. Of course, I’m looking for employment in cataloging and/or metadata.
I heard that the cataloging positions were filled by transferring 2 students in to Rapid Cataloging from someplace else in the library. I hope that they at least want to be catalogers. What with the outstanding system we don’t have in place here, it isn’t likely though.
One possible opportunity is a grant funded position that we just heard got funded [50% appointment]. Turns out the position might be more than what I wanted though. I looked over some details this morning and sort of quickly said, "Probably not," as my education is foremost to me.
But then later in the day I got to thinking. It really is a perfect opportunity for me. It would require scaling back my classes for a year and that worries me a bit. But then I thought, just what is an education? This would certainly qualify in many ways. It would also qualify as experience, which is the other half of what I hope to pursue during my CAS degree.
I realized that I had boxed myself into thinking of my education as my formal classes, and I know better than that. More than most people I know that. Considering I am in no particular hurry to get done I need to reconsider this opportunity. So that is what I am doing.
It is all fairly abstract at the moment as the job announcement has yet to be posted. Once it is though it’ll be a fairly quick process as they need to get started soon. And, yes, for now I am going to be very circumspect. I will have to apply and go through the whole interview process business. In an odd sort of way though, I’m only about 10% as worried about said process as I thought I’d be when I finally took the plunge into ‘real’ professional employment. One reason I think is because as much as I hate resume writing, I realized that I can write a great resume for this position. It could be that it’s for a specific position vs. for an abstract position like the one I had to turn into Library HR for a possible GA-ship or hourly position. But I don’t think so. I think it may just be that this is a really good fit for me based on what I’ve done over the years.
So I think I’ll start drafting a new resume tailored to this position over the long holiday. I also have an email out to my advisor to discuss it all sometime next week, and I’ll probably go visit my friend and mentor in Normal as soon as possible. Talking with wise women can help me put it in perspective.
[I sure wish you were here Em! I hope things are going great for you in Georgia.]
Mark as a professional librarian so soon? It is kind of scary, but exhilarating at the same time. I just need to ensure that it really does fit my educational needs. I think it just might.
But, boy oh boy, which classes would get dropped for fall?