Hey there! This week I am still working on the Romanian project and it is proving to be a headache. But this post is not to talk about my project for the week. This post is for me to reflect on what this internship has got me thinking about when it comes to my future path, post-MLS.
Unlike some people in my cohort, I have been struggling to narrow down a path for myself post-IU. I have so many different interests and want to do so many different things. But I know that this is not realistic. One thing that I know for sure, I want to be in a position to help people. I think this is fundamental to the library profession in general but I do think that some areas value academic innovation more than others. That being said, I can see myself in a public library and being active in the daily lives of the patrons of my community. Although I have done all of my internship work thus far, undergrad included, in archives. It is something that I am also passionate about. This leads me to a fork in the road and I am just left standing there scratching my head.
To add to this growing anxiety about picking a path, the job market is very barren these days. Going through a worldwide pandemic will do that, but it has always been a fear of mine. I have truly enjoyed all of my time in archives but will there be a job outthere for me if that is the path that I choose? Or if I choose a public or academic library, will there be a job there? Will it be in a favorable location?
I guess what I am trying to say is, regardless of job prospects, this internship has made me feel hopeful that I really do have something to contribute to the library profession. Whether it is in an archive, a public library, an academic library, or beyond.