Thing 20: Routes and Roots

Thing 20 explores how we got into Librarianship, why and what we do.  I posted my library routes/roots on the Library routes wiki some time ago and which can be read here.

I’ve also taken part in a number of Library Day in the Life which can also be read on this blog by the search box.  This year I did something different and did a photographic diary of my days.  I posted this on Flickr.

So having already done what Thing 20 asks us to do, I’ve looked at a number of other posts on the routes and lditl wikis.  I am always amazed at the diversity of the librarian community.  We all come from different backgrounds but we all have the same driving passion that sees us all ending up doing something amazing in the Library Information service.

There are a few of us who have taken the long route into Librarianship especially those of us who had very bad career advice during our school years.  I love reading other people’s stories.  I never knew there were so many librarian jobs outside of the stereotypical perception of public libraries and academic libraries.  I would love to work in a specialist subject in a work environment such as Ordnance Survey or British Geological Survey.  I just need to keep an eye on the vacancies listings.


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