I started my career almost 5 years ago, in September of 2007. My first professional position, was that of a Library Director in rural Arkansas, serving a county of 30,000 people. I am still in that position today.
When I started library school, I originally wanted to work in a high school library, but fate sought a different path for me. I never thought my first professional library position would be that of a Library Director. That being said, I love
The great thing about being a small town library director is the variety in my day. I don't do the same things every day. I am lucky that my Board supports community activism and outreach, because I get to be involved in numerous local organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Club, etc., which provides both professional and personal benefits.
From day to day my schedule may include: programming, creating book orders, attending community meetings, troubleshooting computer problems, moving furniture, updating our website, promoting our library via facebook, soliciting donations, writing grants, responding to emails, writing reports, working at the circulation desk, shelving, moping the floor, or hosting a story hour.
In the past I have had the pleasure of patrons screaming at me, climbing a ladder to hang a banner, moping a flooded room in new shoes, cleaning feces off the bathroom walls while wearing a suit, wearing a silly hat from craft time while out running library errands,and dancing silly dances with kids at a music program.
The life of a rural librarian is never dull!
I love my job and overall I think I am appreciated by my community, but on occasion I interact with people who dont see my dedication or do not appreciate the fact that I dont sit and read books all day. Im mean, would I ruin new shoes or scrub mold off the building if I didnt love my job?!
The joy is when the kids I visit in their classrooms remember me when they come by the library and want to give me a hug or when an email is sent to my Board complimenting me for a job well done (and getting surprised because I didnt know it was going to be sent).
Sometimes you have to remind yourself that regardless of the trials you face as a public figure and public servant, you are making a difference.