I’m a day late (busy week!) with my Friday post, so the Caturday post will be up later tonight!
There’s a new wiki project for librarians exploring their roots and routes. I thought I’d add mine as well.
Since I was a teenager, I’ve been the person people turn to and ask about information. Even in the grocery store, I’ve been the one folks as where something is. On the bus, I’m asked if I know where a stop/event/place is.
So, naturally, I went to law school. Yes, I had no clue I wanted to be a librarian. In law school, after some life-changing events, I decided I didn’t want to be a practicing attorney but then what would I do with my JD? Hmmm….
A friend turned me onto the idea of being a law librarian. I love doing research, I’m organized, and I like helping people, so why not? Immediately after earning my JD I started my MLIS degree. Being a law librarian seemed like a natural fit for me. I could do research, I could help people, and I would put my JD knowledge to use.
Going into library school, I had a one-track mind: law librarian. I even landed a student reference desk shift at the university’s law school library. Then, in my second semester of library school, I started conducting research for law professors under the supervision of the “real” law librarians. Also in my second semester, I started doing freelance research for a local, small law firm.
I started applying to law librarian positions in the spring and summer. I only ever heard back from one. But the more freelance and professor delegated research I did, the more I loved pure research.
I had two areas of interest in law school: urban planning and privacy. Checking the job postings, I ran across one for a transportation consulting firm looking for a part-time market researcher. Believing I was over-qualified for the position, I applied anyway.
It’s my first “real” library position and I love it! I get paid to read, research, and write about transportation projects in the United States. Of course, it’s a *bit* more involved than that, but I feel like I’m making a contribution to the company and urban planning. It’s a pure research position, which I enjoy. I’m not sure where this position will take me, but I enjoy what I do everyday.