I swear I haven’t disappeared blogging world! I’m settling into my new city, new job, and my library is going through a renovation. PLUS it’s the beginning of the fall semester so I’m getting my first taste at what my coworkers were warning me about! More posts to come and hopefully some hints on the secret to getting a job in this market.
Good news everyone! I got the job at an academic library in Chattanooga and will be relocating soon! My interview was a little nerve-wracking (a committee!) but it went really well and I could tell from the interview alone what a great library I’ll be working for as well as getting to meet a few wonderful coworkers. The hubby and I will be relocating to Chattanooga in the next few weeks so let the packing begin!
PS. Have I mentioned how COMPLETELY EXCITED I am about all this!?! Because I’m ecstatic!
I’ve ramped up my job application output and it seems to be paying off! I have one upcoming interview and I’m waiting on a phone call for a second.
One is in lovely Chattanooga and the other is close to home so both seem like great possibilities. Wish me luck!
2013 has been interesting so far. I’m working on several projects, which has been keeping me a tiny bit preoccupied. These projects mostly translate to $$$ as Pinterest has inspired me to finally decorate. I discovered a nearby flea market/antique mall and have started collecting retro plates in hopes of achieving a beautiful collage like this:
Luckily I’ve been able to find some great plates for cheap, some less than $1! I also have big plans for a photo wall and I’m on the lookout for a few new pieces of furniture. This decorating bug is very out of character for me. I think grad school and having a house on the market was stifling my creative energies so I’m interested to see what I’ll come up with.
Joey and I also had some fabulous house guests pop by. We absolutely love having Matt and Carly when they fly in from California! Matt is one of Joey’s oldest and greatest friends and I am so glad he found his amazing wife Carly because she is so much fun to go shopping with! We hit up some Birmingham shops, Target (which we both absolutely love), World Market, and then we met up with the boys for trivia. Carly blogs at MattandCarlyCross if you want to hear more about their adventures driving across Alabama. I’m afraid I always ask her a million questions about Alabama versus the West Coast whenever they come into town but I just can’t help but wonder if traveling here is a bit of a culture shock! Joey and I hope to visit them in California sometime soon and maybe she’ll turn the tables on me!
Other than those happenings, I’ve made some good starts on my resolutions. I FINALLY picked up my crochet supplies and am learning a few stitches. I’m (so far) keeping up with housework. I’m reading more (book review for The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling coming soon!). And I’m still applying away for jobs and will be scoping out two possible places to move next month. February is going to be busy!
2013 has started off with a bang! I joined my local SLIS book club (cats were mentioned more than the book I think), had some amazing house guests fly in from California, and I’ve found lots of job applications to put in. I’m making some serious effort to get out of the house and break my Netflix addiction.
I’m hoping to find a public library to volunteer at while continuing my job hunt and possibly bump up my time at the local museum. I’ve been invited to speak at my undergrad university about museum studies and archives later in February so I’m going to be a very busy lady! 2013 is my year, I can feel it!
My job hunt is still going strong! And while my optimistic library student self would be dismayed to hear that I’m still unemployed after four months, I think I’ve benefited from the time spent searching. I’ve narrowed down the area I want to move to now and after looking at gazillions of ads, I have a good idea of what kind of position would be a good fit for me. I’ve also decided to broaden my search and look into less traditional librarian roles which has actually been very interesting and promising.
It didn’t take me long to officially go stir crazy, so I’m back at the museum library volunteering on a weekly basis. Which is great, because I’m back on the museum’s GLAM Wikiproject, learning a bit of cataloging, and keeping my other library skills up to par. It feels really great to be working in a library, even if it’s sans benefits and pay. I’m crossing my fingers that a job opportunity comes along soon though, and wouldn’t it be just wonderful if the library school fairy could find a position at the museum for me??? Here’s to wishing and dreaming!