As one of her blogjune posts, @kalgrl started a “My first library job” meme, so I thought I’d write about my first library job. I started as a Shelver at my current workplace just over 10 years ago, and I’ve worked there ever since. At the time I’d finished the first semester of my Grad Dip of Library and Information Management through Charles Sturt University, so working part-time (four hours a day) suited me well. There was time to study in the morning before I went to work. My fellow shelvers were a good group of people to work with, and some are still working at the library, and others have left and come back. The job gave me a good appreciation of how the students used our collection, as I shelved in a different area of the collection every day. It was my first experience of providing face-to-face service to library clients, as Shelvers get asked all sorts of questions, not just “where do I find this book?” This helped me when I moved on to my next role, in Circulation. I would certainly recommend being a Shelver as a first step in an academic library career. I know of a few colleagues who started this way and have since progressed to quite senior roles.
So that was my first library job – what was yours?