So, what do you do when...

Ok, so I've decided to keep my head down and look at my new job as a fertile training ground, but here's the dilemma: what to do when any opportunity for continuing ed or professional growth is stifled or stamped down? I think that I'm going to try and take some continuing ed classes online (on the sly) and attend workshops when I can, but paying for these out of pocket could get veddy expensive. I have to smile when I think of this, as it falls under the category "things they didn't teach you in grad school"... :OP


I can't believe they suggested you find another job on your first day. Do they feel trapped as well?

Yes indeed. Out of the six of us, three are just waiting to retire, two are trapped, and there's me.

Having to pay for your own education is not that unusual. Exactly what is it you want to get and why?

Your career won't be impaired with a year or two of no continuing ed. Hopefully, your library is using that money for something more worthwhile--like your salary.

You can read your professional literature, e-mail or call the authors of articles you find interesting, and read through the conference abstracts (and you'll see what you've been reading). The cont. ed. and workshops are useful for networking, but you can get a lot of that on list servs. If you are a recent grad, you now need to muck around in the trenches and learn the politics (sounds like you're doing that just fine).

Much of the continuing ed I did was supported by my institution, but if you can't put it to use right away for reinforcement, it is pretty much lost. If you are over 25 you are an "older learner" and subject to the ravages of time as far as your brain is concerned.

Well, I'm trained as an academic librarian, but currently work in a PL, so I would like to stay relevant in the academic field. That's my plan, anyway. :O)

Thanks for all your good advice. It's keeping me from totally spazzing out. :O)

Its a good plan but the frustrating part would be that if you were working in an academic library you could probably get a discounted education just for being an employee. Might be less expensive and more effective to get really involved in organizations like ACRL.


In library school everybody thought I should go public library because I was constantly spouting on about "outreach." I must say it is hard in my academic library to change little procedures, must less institute an outreach program. Can we trade places? Grin.

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