your career

Simone L. Fary (
Sat, 27 Jul 1996 08:02:11 -0400


I have subscribed to this list not because I am a librarian,
but because I think I might like to become one. My undergraduate
degree is in film, and while I might like to combine film and an
MLS I am also interested in other areas of librarianship as well.
Before I go to graduate school I am trying to talk to people
working in the field in order to find out what their jobs are
really like. I am not looking to network, make contacts etc. I
just don't want to make the same mistake again of liking the study
of a field in theory while in school, but finding the working
conditions far different in real life.
I spoke to Gary Handman who thought that it might be an
interesting exercise to discuss the pros and cons of this field on
this list (or, if you would like to discuss things off-the-record
please e-mail me directly). Here are a few questions to
(hopefully) get the discussion started:

1. What kinds of challenges or problems do you have to deal with
in this job?
2. How did you get interested in this work? How did you get
3. What interests you the most about your work - what is most
4. What do you like the least about it?
5. What skills do you need in order to meet those challenges or
6. What kind of options are there for part-time work?
7. What are your opinions about the future of the field?
8. How difficult is it to find work in the field in general, and
at an academic library in particular.?

I thank you all for reading this lengthy query, and for any
words of wisdom you can provide.

Best regards,
Simone Fary