How to make the switch to special libraries?
June 9, 2012 12:06 PM Subscribe
Frustrated NYC public librarian needs career advice, please!
posted by librarian73 to Work & Money (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hi y'all! I'm about to be 40, and I've had enough of the chaos, incompetence and low pay that comes with working for a public library system in NYC. I can't foresee years on end of being yelled at by homeless people because the public printer doesn't work, dealing with incompetent, lazy supervisors, and watching the mentally ill defecate in the stacks, for 50k a year.
I want to make enough to live on my own, pay off my student loans, travel once in a while, and have a job where I'm actually required to use my brain. Even though I know I am very lucky to have a job at all, I am so tired of being poor, and am just plain burnt out from working with the public.
So, my 40th birthday present to myself is finding a new job, but I'm not sure what directions I should be looking in. I'd very much like to work for a corporate or legal library, but special librarians are reportedly being laid off and being outsourced just as much as us public librarians are. I want to stay in NYC, which further hampers my search, because the field is glutted with candidates here.
I love doing research, and I'm single/childfree, so I can work long hours. I don't mind working with flaming assholes, as long as they're MY flaming assholes. I'm very good at instruction, making complex concepts easier to understand - but I only have the one masters degree, so most academic library/instructional jobs are off-limits to me. Unfortunately, I cannot take on any more debt, to obtain another degree. I have the typical liberal arts undergrad background.
Beyond networking at SLA, does anyone have any suggestions for a public librarian who wants to make the switch to special libraries? Are there any job sectors slated to grow, or are they all shrinking? Thanks for any advice you can give me.