It has been over a year since I began my career at Tappan-Spaulding Memorial Library. Starting as a director in a rural library, while still in grad school was certainly challenging. However, it was also frequently rewarding. The time has gone by quickly, and looking back it was certainly not without stress, but overall I’m glad to have made the choice to pursue a career in librarianship.
I have learned a lot about running a library in the past year. I’ve made many new relationships, and helped people along the way. I discovered that sometimes people will bring gifts like vegetables from their garden or little tomato plants. I’ve attended workshops, conferences, and even participated in advocacy. Most importantly I found that I never felt isolated working in a rural town in upstate New York. Their have been some nights hardly anyone walks though the doors, but there are loads of opportunities to meet colleagues or interact will local community members.
If had one piece of advice to offer others that are starting out, it would be to make sure that you build many connections with others in the field and your own community!
I am already looking forward to what will come in the future as I continue to gain experience as a librarian.