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Reflection: Switching Careers

It’s been over 1 ½ years since I left the library field and entered the technology arena. The pay cut was the certainly a bitter pill to swallow. As an Assistant Library Director, I made over $50,000; my initial switch into technology yielded a pay cut of about half my income. I had to make some hard choices such as downsizing my car and apartment. My salary has since increased about $10,000 annually, which makes it possible for me to make student loan payments and make payments on my credit cards. Overall, working in a field that I enjoy makes all the difference!










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Some weeks at work are stressful, as they would be at any job, but even during those weeks, I still enjoy the work and that makes my smaller budget worthwhile. I was very fortunate during my career switch that I was able to find a job in the same organization – I basically switched departments – I work with the same co-workers that I worked with at the library. I was also very fortunate that my current Director was willing to hire a librarian for a technology job – not every hiring manager is able to look beyond the job titles on my resume and see the possibilities of hiring an employee from another field. Changing careers was truly a leap of faith: I believed that my pay would increase and that I would be happier in the technology field – I’m happy to report that both turned out to come true!




Mentoring & Managing: Students in the Academic Library By Michelle Reale

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If you take your librarian calling seriously, you don’t just do your job – You’re writing book reviews and articles, holding office in your library associations, and constantly gaining new skills.  You’re busy, we all are.  But are you grooming the next generation of librarians by mentoring and managing?  While this book is written for librarians who supervise students in the academic library, librarians in every type of library will find ways to mentor and manage the next generation of librarians.  While not every student or worker in the library wants to be a librarian, a good mentor might make the difference between a worker and a future librarian.  Reale covers hiring to training to motivating to cultivating the mentor relationship.  This concise, brief book (at about 100 pages) provides just enough information to start your mentoring today!

3-D Printer Demonstration

Steve (brother of a staff member) gave the Director and myself a demonstration of a 3-D printer. I had never seen a 3-D printer in person. It was such a treat to be able to ask questions from someone who has a 3-D printer. We asked tons of questions about software, time to create objects, safety, materials, and costs.

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North Dakota Library Association Executive Board Meeting

NDLA's new webmaster was very excited talking about the redesign

NDLA’s new webmaster was very excited talking about the redesign

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