- Never take it seriously. However, you will still learn a lot.
- Take off at least one class per semester--drink beer or cook yourself an elaborate meal or take a bath or dance sweaty and naked at a popular club instead. If you go every week, you will drive yourself nuts!
- Hold your nose and dive into cataloging. Once you understand it, it will be clear. I once spent 12 hours studying cataloging in one day. Ow.
- Take as many different kinds of classes as possible. I have taken classes in Readers' Advisory, YA Services, Marketing of Libraries, Online Research, Archives & Manuscripts.
- Before taking classes, ask around. Library students, like librarians, are usually friendly and will offer you advice about classes.
- Keep up-to-date on what's happening in the library world.
- Join library associations--most organizations have student rates which are WAY cheaper. ALA is about $25 or $30 (can't remember), and I also belong to SLA, NYLA, and the New York Library Club. Once you graduate, they're a lot more $$$.
- Learn to love ALA and RLIN and OCLC and MARC and YALSA and etc etc etc. You will soon learn what all of these mean, that is, if you enroll.
- Get the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure.
- Don't worry about shushing--no one does it anymore.
- If you are white, with glasses, and female, you fit the standard of 99% of librarians. I do not have glasses, but am everything else.
- If a class is boring, amuse yourself in other ways--write notes, write letters to friends (hi venessa!) in your notebook and mail them, do reading for other classes, day dream, make grocery lists, etc.
- Librarians are friendly. Ask for help!
21 September 2004
How to Surviving Library School