Why am I a librarian?


After the week i’ve had the answer is ‘f***ed if I know!’

Because of the negative place I am in, workwise, at the moment and in an attempt to try and get myself out of the funk – why oh why did I want to be a librarian?

To be honest I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a librarian – I’m sure I toyed with other careers as a child – ballet dancer, astronaut, superhero etc.

Batman I blame Batgirl – not only did she work in a cool library she was also a superhero crimefighter – what’s not to love?

I was never library monitor at school (though I did get my ‘library’ badge at both Brownies & Guides). I never arranged by books in a particular order. In High School I deliberately got less that 8/10 for Dewey so I didn’t have to go into the library (Yes clearly that was my rebellious phase).

Yet my top 2 uni preferences were always going to be Librarianship and Library studies.

I didn’t get into any of my library school preferences so I went the circuitous route -Arts degree then postgrad library qualification, then Masters in Librarianship, then some supplementary courses that I thought would be useful (cert IV in Helpdesk etc).

My first job as a librarian was great, exhilarating, interesting, I was challenged daily, I learnt from great people, I worked with great people it was exactly what I had dreamt it would be.

So what went wrong? Why am I in such a ‘bad’ place at the moment. Why am I almost glad that the pain and the inability to walk from a torn calf muscle is keeping me away from work?

And that is where I am at  at the moment.

How do I get myself out of this funk and back to being the enthusiastic librarian I used to be?

Hopefully this blog post is the first step.

Books on Prescription

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How cool is this?

A list of self-help books endorsed by health professionals and curated by Public Libraries – how useful could this be?

From the about section of the website:

Books on Prescription was first developed in Cardiff, Wales by Professor Neil Frude, a Clinical Psychologist.

A national scheme for England, Reading Well Books on Prescription, was launched in England in 2013 and is delivered by the Reading Agency. Our model is significantly based on the research and experience of this initiative modified for the Australian environment and we thank the Reading Agency for their support and assistance.

The NSW Books on Prescription project has been developed by NSW Public Libraries Association, Central West Zone in partnership with the University of Newcastle – Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

The initiative has been funded by a grant from the Library Council of New South Wales and is being administered by Central West Libraries on behalf of the Central West Zone. It is an Australian pilot.

In partnership with the Public Library Network, GPs and other health professionals prescribe books from a list of high quality, self help manuals selected by experienced mental health practitioners. The prescribed books will be available for loan from the 14 public library services (41 service points) across the region.

These books are also available for anyone to borrow from their local public library.

The aim of the project is to provide resources which deliver reliable information regarding mental illness, promote wellbeing and good mental health and help to build resilience.

Evaluation of the pilot will provide the opportunity to consider bibliotherapy as a state and potentially national health promotion strategy.