Dream Librarian Jobs (aka the top five most beautiful libraries in the US, in my opinion)

I mentioned in my last post that I was planning to go to school to get a masters in library science. I also mentioned how much I would love to basically live in a library. No sane person would make that claim without having some kind of idea of what kind of library they’d love to, essentially, live inside.

Allow me to begin by showing you the library in which I spent the last three years of my life: Joyner Library at East Carolina University.

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Basically, this place is GORGEOUS. And those columns right there? They chime when you walk through them. It was always so pretty in the mornings… until last year when they changed the music to something creepy. Felt like you were in a horror movie.

With that kind of academic influence, you have to know that my top five libraries are going to be insanely beautiful. (the following list is in no particular order.

1. George Peabody Library – Johns Hopkins University

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Look at those stacks, that architecture, that lighting. It’s beautiful and majestic and I want to move into here. Look at it. It’s perfect.

2. Geisel Library – University of California at San Diego

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First of all, it looks like it’s be turned upside down. That’s just so interesting! Add to that all that glass panelling. It’s beautiful and the internal lighting has to be beautiful.

3. Seattle Public Library

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Another one with some interesting architecture. Again, floor to ceiling glass. You have to see it from the inside. It is insane.

4. Boston Public Library

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This reading room looks so comfy and open and beautiful. It looks like somewhere a person could comfortably learn and just read for fun. It’s just so inviting to me.

5. New York Public Library

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You know how I said there isn’t an order to this? Well, that’s mostly true. But I will admit that this is my favorite library on the list. Not only is this library insanely attractive on the inside and out, but it’s also HUGE! This library takes up half of a city block in New York. The other half of that city block is taken up by Bryant Park: the home of monuments and eateries and a carrousel and ice skating in the winter. It’s kind of my own little version of heaven.

Those are my top five most beautiful libraries in the US. Give me your opinions! Let me know your favorites! I’d love to check them out.

Grad School Dreams

I’m really lacking on the content lately, guys. I know. I’m not doing anything very interesting with my life and most of the discussable news topics are so sad that I don’t want to rehash them outside of actual, face-to-face conversations. No one wants to listen to me complain about the state of the economy, job market, social issues, and wars around the world.

Outside of that, I need to talk about something because the whole point of picking the blog back up is to start viewing it as a practice for possible future jobs: semi-regular blogging schedule, actual content, the whole shebang.

So today, we’re going to talk about grad school. 

I’m applying to two grad school programs but technically it’s three grad schools. Confusing, huh?

I’m planning to apply to UNC Greensboro for a Masters in Library and Information Science. Technically, I guess I could call this my ‘safety school’ even though I hate that term. It’s the school that I’m not entirely worried about getting into, unlike the following program.

My dream program is this dual degree program at NYU that also means taking classes with Long Island University. Upon completion, I’d possess not only a Masters in Communication (technically Media, Culture, and Communication but we’ll stick with COMM for short) but also a Masters in Library Science.

My attraction to this program is two-fold. Obviously, I want to work with books one day. I’ve dreamed of being an editor since as long as I can remember but I’m also aware of how few and far between those careers exist. So being a librarian? Pretty perfect consolation prize. I’m also a huge knowledge geek. I love to learn and to teach and to be taught. The ability to work in a field in which those are regular occurrences? Sign me up now!

On top of that, I fell in love with my communication program when I was working on my Bachelors. The reason I’m aiming for the dual degree is because the areas of study appeal to me. Two of them, if we’re being precise and I’m going to have to narrow that down to one. Right now though, I’m really interested in their Interaction and Social Processes area and their visual culture and cultural studies area.

So basically, the NYU program needs to be my future or I might die. Like, to death.

Okay. Teen Wolf inspired hyperbole aside, I’m going to work my butt off trying to make this a reality. 

Wish me luck!