“In short, we are bright people who felt rejected and perhaps had serious doubts about ourselves. We found libraries very pleasant places to be, even refuges. We thought of them as places of employment when other opportunities and fields did not work out. the fact that librarianship was considered a low-status, undemanding occupation may simply have added to its attraction. Here was one field where we thought that even we could make it!
Thus, our views are mixed. We like libraries but we have serious doubts about librarianship and librarians. Indeed we have serious doubts about ourselves, and we are, therefore, inclined to be querulous and critical of our teacher, our institutions, and our colleagues.”
Rothstein, S. (1985). Why People Really Hate Library Schools. Library Journal, 110(6), 41.
I’m done, done, done. I have a lot of thoughts on the experience…perhaps for a future post, but more likely to be held in my head while I job search and figure out this whole career/settling down thing. The perspective of time and paid employment will no doubt make future me wiser than new graduate me.