I’m a Library Student!!

After more stress & deadline/application issues than I’d have hoped for, I’m finally settled on what’s happening this fall….and that means I’m going to library school!

I’ve been working in libraries for forever, and decided this was the right move (and the right time!) sometime last fall, but it’s taken a while for things to come together. I’ll be going part-time, mostly 2 classes/semester and one summer class/year. I’ve enrolled in one library class this fall as well as a tech class at a community college to help solidify my grasp on PHP.

Because of a missed deadline, my application to my top choice school (better in the field I want to specialize in and slightly more affordable) is still out until next fall. But I can transfer in 6 credits, so I’m taking classes at the second choice school. I’ll take a second course in the spring, will have heard back either way from top choice about the fall and then will make my decision based on my experiences at this (also quite good) school and my plans for the future. I’m planning to take courses specializing in things that aren’t offered at top choice, something I’d have had the option of doing anyway as a visiting student.

So library school won’t be in fuller part-time swing until next year, but I plan to pick up some tech skills along the way and get this ball rolling. I’m very very happy, quite excited about my first library class.

I’m going to be a frakking librarian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I have to figure out what to send my recommenders. Princess Bride for the one who’s never seen it. Lunch for the boss. 2 more to go.

Image is from an awesome t-shirt by Jeph Jacques which ProfX will be getting when I start class.


  1. Terry says:

    Said this before, but I’m so happy for you!

  2. Mersipan says:

    Congrats! That is so cool! :)

  3. Spring says:

    That’s awesome! It would cool to be a librarian. I’m envious. :)

  4. Aramis says:

    Congrats, again. It’s an exiting time. :)

  5. Rosalind says:

    Great stuff! I’ve got a friend in a library science program in Pittsburgh. I think you’ll have a blast!

  6. Mike says:

    Way to go Ruth!

  7. Carrie says:

    awesome! what always fascinates me about library science is that the dewey decimal system is subjective instead of objective. i’d love to know how to decide where to put things so i could properly organize my bookcases

  8. Eleni says:

    Congrats! My best friend from high school got a masters to be a school library teacher. The way she always phrased it was she was studying to be a “library ninja”. Not sure why she said that, but it sounded cool. I guess you can be a library ninja, too, now. Good luck!

  9. Ruth says:

    Thanks so much everyone!!! :)

    @Carrie – even the catalogers in our department are constantly arguing (generally in a friendly fashion) over exactly how to catalog something. Of course for us it’s Library of Congress because we work in an academic library. Either way, it’s an art with a lot of discussion vs. a science.

    I organize fiction by subjects/countries and then non-fiction with Dewey. Generally you can look it up in your local catalog to find a reasonable Dewey (or sometimes on the back of the title page).

  10. 8-bit Emma says:

    Congratulations! You’ll do an awesome job!

  11. Tasha Lee says:

    That is awesome!!! I love your passion and enthusiasm!!

  12. imabug says:

    congrats on going back to school!

    i’ll be starting my second year of part time phd work in a few weeks. the classes have been fun, but the hardest part has been getting back into student mode and actually having to remember the stuff from class. brain fills up pretty quick when you haven’t had to work it like that for a bunch of years.

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