With everything being finalized, I can finally share my good news with all of you. While pursuing my BS degree in English education for grades 6-12, I started working at SIUE’s library. While working there I became torn because I loved working with and interacting with teens, on the education side, but I absolutely adored working in the library. After I graduated, I decided I wanted to pursue my MLS degree, but wouldn’t do so until I had a library job since I wanted to gain additional library experience as I was getting my degree. While pursuing my MLS degree, I worked in two different positions, both being a mix of reference work and being in charge of the teen department. I was thrilled that I could combine my passion and love for the library with my passion for working with teens. Since I’ve received my MLS, I have worked as a teen librarian and have enjoyed it. So what’s the big news…?
Just when I thought I got to the “final” level of combining my two career passions, I have been given the best opportunity in the world. Starting this fall, I will be the Media Center Director (Librarian) at a local middle school!!! This opportunity will allow me to work with and serve teens (which for those that know me personally know I absolutely adore this specific age group) and be in charge of “my own” library. Working in a school library will challenge me to learn some new tasks that I do not normally do, such as processing and cataloging books, but I am ready for the challenge. I feel like I have finally found my niche in the library world after exploring different library career paths.
So, with all of that being said, I need your help. I want to re-name my blog to something that does not include “teen librarian” in the name, but that doesn’t necessarily need to reflect that I’m going to be a school librarian. I want the name to show what my blog is primarily about, such as reviewing teen books, sharing teen genre book lists, discussing teen programming in the library, ect. Any snazzy blog names you wouldn’t mind sharing would be wonderful. J