Sunday, October 07, 2007

I'd rather dance than talk with you

Work changes are afoot. I feel a lot of anxiety about it, and a lot of that is just uncertainty on my part about how everything will go, which is normal. The new library building is also raising some questions about working during the transition from one building to the next. We're seeing just a slice of the probable confusion with one of our branch libraries closed for moving right now. What will happen when it's the main branch that's closed, and how will items be routed, and how will administration work, and on and on with the questions...

A large part of me is just glad that if I hustle up and start taking two courses at a time in the spring, I can graduate in May of 2009, which is also when S graduates (and when my sis graduates from undergrad! Sweet!) so we could look for jobs wherever (East Coast, West Coast, somewhere in between...) and go off to live ______ ever after.

The pressure is on me to find something good where I could see staying long enough for S to get a teaching job and possibly tenure at that teaching job. We know he'd probably have to substitute teach for a while before finding a job, but if my job can pay the bills, we'd be all right. Of course, everyone who graduates with an MLIS wants a 'good job,' but everyone's definitions of that job are going to be different. I want a place where Library 2.0 practices are in place and working, and where attitudes are positive, and in a geographical location both S and I can enjoy. For me, this means urban and diversity, for him, this means nature and outdoor activities. Really, entirely up in the air at this point.

3 comments:

chaviva said...

Denver? I think you both would love Denver, and that would fit your parameters perfectly. It's a beautiful city and I'd drop everything and move there in a second!

Simon said...

I think you would love the Como Park area. :)

Beth said...

I'm going to be watching the MLIS job boards quite closely, I think. Denver is a good idea. We kind of want to look at Portland, Oregon more closely, too. And of course, Chicago and Seattle seem to have awesome beginning librarian gigs. S still likes the idea of Alaska, but the cost of living might be prohibitive. Any other suggestions are welcome!!