Three people who have traveled the path of non-traditional librarianship related their experiences at this year’s first Atlanta Emerging Librarians event “A Librarian by Any Other Name” on April 19. All three had quite different stories to tell. Their common thread was that, often out of necessity, they adapted their skills to meet the needs of their organization. Indeed, this is what librarianship has always been about.
Despite having an MS in Information Studies, Emily Almond, IT Director at the Georgia Public Library
Service, has never had a job with “librarian” in the title. She likened herself to a pinball in a pinball machine, bouncing from job to job as positions she held were eliminated or changed. Throughout her career she has had to acquire new skills and get accustomed to evolving work environments and responsibilities. Ultimately, she came to the realization that by adapting, she was no longer a pinball being jostled around but rather she was the one controlling the game.
If any of these stories intrigue you, we encourage you to check out the next Atlanta Emerging Librarians event, which will feature local speakers on the topic of emerging technologies in libraries. This will be an excellent opportunity to prepare your career for the ongoing digital revolution and understand how technology is impacting the library field. Details coming soon!