Hi. This is my first entry here.
I'm officially starting library school this fall, and the problem is, I can't decide what to do. I'm interested in all aspects of librarianship, but I have to focus on one area pretty quickly so I can make sure I get all the required classes. I'm especially interested in academic, special, and school libraries. At this point, my options are wide open. I can't decide which track to head down, and from here, it looks like once you make your decision in that first semester, you have to stick with it or seriously waste your time.
I love kids and have some experience working with them, although not the day-to-day classroom experience that would be so helpful. I have flirted with the idea of becoming a teacher, but being a school librarian is more appealing to me. I have audiovisual experience and know the basics of several languages. I have a weak spot for gifted and special education children and the underdogs.
Sounds great, right? Except... the idea of getting a master's in English and working as an academic librarian is also very appealing (to my novice eye.) I have a BA in English.
And third, I like the idea of being a special librarian, especially in newspapers or broadcasting. I have ten years of experience as a radio and television broadcaster and really enjoyed the work.
I know I need to talk this over with my advisor, because the school might have seen something else promising in my combination of grades, test scores, and essay and I don't want to rule anything out. That's the hardest part. I don't want to rule anything out. It looks like academic librarian and school media specialist are mutually exclusive, so I will have to decide within two semesters which direction to follow.
The reason I'm posting all of this here is to get your advice. Which track did you take in school? Are you glad you took that track? If you were to do it all over again, would you do it the same way? Do you have any insight into my dilemma?
Thank you so much for reading this.