The Casual Librarian

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Alternative Careers for Information Professionals

Today’s topic as you can see from the above title is a new and exciting area that we have all been engaging in during the Masters.

A lot of people did enter into the MLIS wanting to be a “librarian” however as the challenges started to seep into the profession the options for us to become a librarian were drastically reduced.

So option number 2? Luckily for us the MLIS has a range of modules for the techs peeps to the creative blogger. The group’s presentation was very encouraging as they outlined each avenue to take within the skills gained from the MLIS. These skills really are numerous with links to many job opportunities. It was really nice to be able to say you have developed a range of “school sets” as one of the speakers related our skills to. And in addition how these sets match the different disciplines within an academic setting.

One piece of advice they did note was to reflect why you wanted to become a librarian, what is it within this profession that you viewed yourself being and if it was Money you wanted to rethink this profession!

On reflection of this I always knew it was going to be a public library I would like to be part of, however the many Arts festivals that I have attended since moving to Dublin intrigued me. Apart from being a volunteer how else do you become a part of these festivals? The Arts Council of Ireland seems to be only a sponsor on these many brochures. However they obviously need someone to organise and connect to various writers, musicians, poets, artists, etc. So who do you connect to in order to be hired? Who hire’s who? Is an information Professional and Librarian not considered for these positions?

These are the many questions I want to hopefully answer in the next coming weeks, I have volunteered for the Ranelagh Arts festival and understand this is all volunteer work. However on a larger scale the Mountain to Sea festival is a huge platform along with Dalkey Book Festival.

So I am going to be cheeky and I am going to see if I can find some of the people involved on Twitter and I shall tweet them this post and hopefully they shall provide some answers.

I am not going to lie I am actively seeking a job at the moment but I am not actively asking for a job!!! I would just like to know the avenue I need to go down in order to seek the job I would like. I addition I can then review my skills and see how they can be matched to positions available outside the realm of Librarianship.

This is a summer where I am actively working on my capstone and shall keep building my skills and extend the projects I begun with the MLIS. One area that I love is the emergence of this blog, I love it and I love the way it has given me a confidence to pursue my Dream job even if I don’t really know what it is I want, I do know the area I want it to be in!

It is my love of libraries, books, Music, Poetry, Art, History, Politics, People, and learning that I feel I would be best suited to a place within the Arts scene in Ireland.

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