Hello! My name’s Megan, and I’m a young, idealistic, wet-behind-the-ears, fresh-outta-school children’s librarian. It was actually not an accident to become a children’s librarian – in fact, that has been my plan from the beginning (the beginning being my 2nd year of university in which I began wondering what I would do with this “English major”). However, when I finally went to face the financially draining beast that is graduate school, it suddenly became a much better option for me to pursue an education in digital librarianship rather than my original goals. So for two years I digitized my brains – actually antique toys, photographs of Walter P. Reuther, and audio from the Civil Rights Movement – out and also took on an extra internship as a youth audiovisual intern at Bloomfield Township Public Library.
Flash forward through graduation and 4 months into the future:
I am finally hired as a children’s librarian at Angus Glen Library (yay!), which is a branch of Markham Public Library in Markham, Ontario, Canada. So here I am: I know how to build a webpage and digitize photographs and audio, but have no experience with collection development. I have no reader’s advisory skills, and I have done one story time ever. Intentional? You bet. Accidental? For the time being, I definitely feel like it! This is a chronicle of my attempt to become a “real” children’s librarian with no traditional education and precious little training. With a bit of luck, this might also serve as an informal guide to new librarians and librarian hopefuls… or just a dose of familiar humor for those in the field. Enjoy!