(not sure if Librarianing is a word…but with the rules of English it probably can be.)
Either way due to some personal decisions (and a currently tight job market) I’m spreading my wings a bit and becoming a self employed Freelance Librarian. Now I know what your thinking how can you be a librarian with no library to work at. Answer = Librarians have a lot of strange, interesting, and marketable skills.
Skills I possess:
Typing, basic web design (HTML5 & CSS – nothing fancy), customer service, research, writing, computer tutor, computer repair (minor), information organization and retrieval, Survey creation & analysis, Statistics gathering and analysis, room layout planning (computer labs), AV equipment usage, readers advisory.
Knowledge I possess:
MS-Office 95 – Office 10, MS-Dos – Windows 10, Dewey Decimal System, Library of Congress System, Open Office, Library Management Systems (III – Millennium & Sierra), 3D modeling software (Bryce 7, Learning tinker-cad), popular fiction, non-fiction, movies, comic books (graphic novels), video games, local history (Maine & Lewiston / Auburn), User experience design, and a half dozen or so (rusty) computer programming languages.
And that is just a small list of my skills and knowledge’s.
I’ve met librarians who are (or were) professional artists, actors, musicians, teachers, editors, authors, news paper columnists, lawyers, EMT’s, nurses, and even a roller derby racer. As librarians we do a bit of everything and we draw in people from many other professions. And because we are librarians we talk, trade knowledge, teach each other new skills, and learn to network like no one else (because we need to know how to get information on any topic imaginable).
So the next time you talk to your local librarian maybe you should stop and ask them what they learned about – besides libraries – being a librarian. I’m willing to be the answer may surprise you.
Wish me luck – I’m off to learn how to make a business plan…because I know whom to ask for help. *smiles*