I have one essay to go until I finish uni, and then I will be a qualified librarian. I will not have a job, but I will be qualified (if I pass!). I love libraries. I love what we do for the communities in which we live, I love sharing this with the patrons I serve, and I love the possibilities of what can be. These last few days have not been the best - if I am going to be honest - they have been pretty crappy! My belief in self, and in what I believe professionally has been severely shaken. I have not yet qualified nor graduated, yet my zeal, enthusiasm and love for what I do has taken a battering.
So whilst licking my wounds I realized I was still grateful for many things, and to many people. I am grateful to my friends at work who have continually encouraged me whilst I have been studying, and who 'get' what I believe. I am also deeply grateful to the blogospehere for providing encouragement on a national and international level. I am grateful to library bloggers like Michael Stevens who encourage librarians to have heart and to continually learn and be open to new ideas and technology, to Helene Blowers who encouraged me to play and create and to be a change champion. I am so grateful for the one on one time I spent with Stephen Abrams, who encouraged me to think globally, and for Kathryn Greenhill who believes that librarians matter! I am also so glad I discoverd Librarian Idol ! It was so good discovering that other new grads have crazy ideas racing through their heads at hideous times of the night! I am also inspired by quilting bloggers like Leanne Beasley who encourages conversations about books on her blog!
I bought myself a beautiful black bracelet at the end of my prac in Brisbane in June. It has a red heart charm attached to it. I wear it to any library events that I attend. It is a reminder to myself that I love libraries. It also serves as a reminder that how I 'see' and want to 'do' libraries is not a one size fits all mentality. I fitted in very well on my prac, but what I believe may not fit in everywhere.
So, there you go. What happens next who will know. (actually what happens next is finsishing that last assignment!!!)