I am a librarian at a very small specialty library - Curriculum Materials Library in Northwest Florida. We collect books, multimedia, realia, manipulatives, textbooks, etc to be used for K-12 education students and preservice teachers. I love my job because we only have eight desktop and four laptop computers, so I get to work very closely with our many, many students in the library. Prior to this I worked in the main library on campus and other than attending a million meetings, I did not have the opportunity to work with too many of our students. In addition to research assistance, we provide technological assistance, assemble our yearly book order, some cataloging and a multitude of other tasks.
My educational background is a little more diverse. My undergraduate and first graduate degrees are in history - specifically Eastern European history between 1918 and 1945. I always laugh when someone asks me an American history question and I have to guess! Everything is so specialized. I completed my MLS at FSU only a few years ago. I encourage all of our education students to go to library school - better employability, especially in Florida where the budget is abysmal and jobs are scarce.
My husband also works at the main library. We have four children - with the youngest graduating from high school this Saturday. So this is a big week. My oldest daughter just graduated from college with a degree in Social Science Interdisciplinary - talk about trying to find a job in field! My oldest son is married with two sons - making me a very happy Nonnie. My middle son is married and hopes to have children soon.
What takes up all of my time? I teach an online class in Marketing Resources. I love to read - almost anything. I have been slowly teaching myself to crochet, but wish I had a Nonnie to show me how instead of trying to learn from pictures. Now the big time drain - we have many dogs...Chihuahuas! They are so much fun, but a lot of work. When my husband and I get home, we spend most of our evenings playing with them. The best thing about the dogs is that they seem to be perpetual puppies - not to say that that can not be a problem at times as well. Our surprise puppies are about 8 weeks old in this picture. They are a mess!
I look forward to "meeting" all of you. Thanks for creating this new network of book friends.