I was recently (last night) working on my information hunts (which is this homework for one of my “library” classes as l like to call them) and I was using their World Factbook. I got curious. I know that curiosity killed the cat, but in this case the cat (me) just got excited. The thing I got curious about is what a CIA librarian does exactly. The first thing I saw was is that the location is Washington, DC and then I saw that they can make more than $95,000!! GASP! I had no idea, but it makes sense because they are responsible for helping with having information ready to aid in different ways; they have to be strong in at least one of the following things: doing research, doing different technical things, and even having a strong customer service. This is definitely one of the work places that I found to be pretty awesome and different.
Central Intelligence Agency. (n.d.). Careers & Internships- Librarian. Retrieved October 28, 2013, from https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/librarian.html
I thought this blog was a really useful tool; it gave me confidence that being a librarian does not mean that I have to work at a library. This is a list done by a student that was getting his MLIS and most of the jobs that are listed on this blog don’t even have the word librarian in them! That was definitely something that was really interesting to me. Some of the jobs on here are metadata analyst, data officer, web project manager, intelligence associate, and even a technology coordinator. These are some of the jobs I never really thought even existed but thinking about it makes sense. The ALA website had more jobs that were interesting as well such as information architect and information brokers. Their definition for an information architect was that they “design the conceptual structure and logical organization of websites, intranets and online communities” (“Non-Traditional Jobs”, n.d.). The thing that they all have in common is that they all deal with handling information.
61 Non-Librarian Jobs for LIS Grads. (n.d.). Information Space. Retrieved October 27, 2013, from http://infospace.ischool.syr.edu/2011/12/23/61-non-librarian-jobs-for-librarians/
Non-traditional jobs for librarians. (n.d.). American Library Association. Retrieved October 27, 2013, from http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/paths/jobtypes/privatesector
Most people think that a librarian is a specific type of person; a serious and kind of mean person who just says “shhhh” when you talk too loud. And in the case of the Monsters University, a librarian can also be a very mean large tentacled monster who will literally throw you out with the most minimal noise you make. However, what I have learned this semester is that a librarian can be many things; the thing they all have in common is that they deal with information and how to manage it; but a huge part of it is helping people. They are definitely there to help in any way they can. Two weeks ago I was sitting at the library doing homework and a young man came in and he had no idea how to convert his resume to the format that he needed for it to look right. He walked over to the librarian and she immediately came over and clicked a few buttons and voila! He had his resume. He printed out what he needed and walked out happily. That is the kind of service that is given at the library in the city that I live in, but at other libraries I have visited this is the case as well. This is one of the reasons I want to be a librarian.
When I tell people I want to be a librarian they ask me the same thing that the people of the video, so you want to be a librarian? Like for real? I do I really really do, but sometimes people have the same ideas that the people in the video do. I have had people be like they just fix books, but I correct them and tell them exactly what librarians do. Databases, organization, customer service, and the list goes on. There is so much that we do that people don’t really think about, but I usually give them a brief overview and then they look at me in a whole new way. We do have a lot of different technology, but this will only changes the field it does not make it impossible to exist as some may think. I am definitely excited for the future of the field and hope to keep learning as it evolves.