Paths to Librarian-ness
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I have worked in the technology field for over 20 years and have had 'tech burnout' for some time and, coincidentally, the librarians who I often chat with (in person) kept telling me that I would be a great fit in a library, so here I am. From what I have learned from my own research as well as what I have been exposed to in this program (Univ. of South Florida) the library setting seems like a great match for what I am looking for in a working environment.
I am from Finland, so the schooling system is quite different compared to the US system. I'm second year sudent in our program and when I graduate I'll be a bachelor in library and information services. That means that I am qualified librarian here in Finland.
I had an other profession, but when I decided I wanted to study do something else and go back to school, I looked into many different possibilities. I didn't choose the librarianship before I found an article about a woman working as a librarian and descriping what her work included. When I read the article I realised that her job included all that I would want my job include! So I checked out where in Finland you can get library education (and what kind of) and applied to few school. Now I study in Turku university of applied sciences and loving my studies and the profession more and more every day.
Ofcourse there was some background why I got so interested in librarianship. I have allways loved books and reading and have been a heavy user of libraries. I have also realised that I have somewhat natural talent in cataloguing. But as sayd, I had never worked in a library before I started studying! Thats why I'm quite glad that we had our first internship period last spring. Now I know that I also love working in a library!
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