Next week will be my last time working as a library aide/assistant. I have been beckoned to join the almighty ranks of the Information professionals. It has been a long time coming. I have learned everything there is about the circ side, which isn't much really.
I'm excited but also sad because I'll be leaving my current branch and coworkers. The new branch I will be joining is a much smaller one, a "baby branch" as my coworker called it compared to our current one. There are only 7 designated staff parking spaces compared to 26 now.
I really need to brush up on reader's advisory. One of my info friends told me to just pretend like I know whatever the patron is talking about and then Google it.
Oh, for all of those out there who are potentially thinking about joining the public library ranks here are some current facts for you. There were 3 info assistant positions open and advertised. Library HR received OVER 500 applications. I have not been able to find out exactly how many people were interviewed but my supervisor puts the figure at around 25. 2 of those 3 positions were filled with CURRENT library employees, myself and my coworker-friend. I am not exactly trying to dissuade anyone out there, I just want you to be fully informed because knowing is half the battle, the other half is making sure you bribe the correct person in library HR, I'm thinking cat toys, knitting supplies, and some secret family baking recipes....