Inspired Minds. Amazing Possibilities.

In starting a new year, the first thing that I tend to do is reflect on the past year. The first thing that comes to my mind is that I finished my first year of college, and after this spring semester, I’ll be halfway done with my entire undergraduate degree. It makes me think of the future and what I want from it.

I came to Dominican University knowing what I wanted to do with my life after undergrad—I want to become a librarian. Thinking of Dominican’s tagline: “Inspired Minds. Amazing Possibilities,” I automatically think of how lucky I am to have chosen a career path that both offers me lots of possibilities for the future and will not only keep me inspired, but will inspire others, as well. With all that librarianship has to offer, I thought the best person to ask about the possibilities for a librarian would be, well, a librarian.

The thought of being halfway through my undergraduate college education is a scary one. I do not think this is something special to me: it’s a scary thought for any twenty-something. I like to replace all the apprehension and insecurity about what the future holds by reflecting on the possibilities for the future.

Carolina Sietmann, MLISAccording to Caroline Sietmann, an instruction/reference librarian at Dominican’s Rebecca Crown Libary, the possibilities are endless: “The possibility for librarians lies in there being so many places that one can go and work, and so many things that one can do, in terms of disseminating all this information.”

The thought of being able to join any workforce and be the person that people come to for information and knowledge is such an exciting one that it’s hardly worth it to feel apprehension about what I’ll do once my college years are over.

Caroline helps this feeling of excitement mature further when I ask her about working in a competitive workforce. When I asked her if a degree in library and information science is flexible, she does not even hesitate: “Absolutely, yeah.”

She listed just some of the options for a librarian outside of the traditional roles of reference and archives. “There are so many jobs for digital collections, data curation, and online technology,” she said. As any twenty-something hoping to enter the workforce eventually—hearing that your chosen profession is a flexible one are golden words.

During my interview with Caroline, I was both terrified and excited about the options open to me in my future as a library science student, and, eventually, as a librarian. It seemed only appropriate to use this time to ask how I should spend this new year and the rest of my college career.

I asked her about some qualities and skills sets that I should focus on and cultivate. Of these, the biggest things were communication, project management, and getting any experience that I can.

In starting a new year, I can see clearly the end goal for my college years as a librarian that can “help society make sense and find all the information out there,” as Caroline put it.

In my undergraduate career, I can replace the apprehension of the future with an active invitation to prepare myself for all the possibilities that lie ahead for me.

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