During the summer I love to take a short jog. Not a marathon mind you, the trek is between 1- 3 miles and at most a half hour. Running is so therapeutic because there is a mentality of getting through obstacles that calms me deeply. Every step is one closer to my goal. This mindset gets through a lot of things. So much so that when I am stressed or tired all I think is I wish I could go for a run.

This mentality helps me in my library career. Being librarians a lot is put on our table. People often ask me what do you do with yourself now you are done with school? Like I am lounging around and twiddling my thumbs all of the time? (Somebody forgot to tell me!) Especially because I am part time, and do not have faculty status I guess I am free. Here is the thing, I am still learning so much every day. Not only I am I learning how to do better reference transactions, to make handouts, and thinking how I would do instruction, learning management techniques, coming up with possible projects for myself and student workers, I am trying to learn as much as I can about fine art and business. Now most of you are going, fine art and business? What in tarnation does a former English major and history minor doing with fine art and business? One job I work in an art school and the students expect me to know everything there is to know about the art world and when I do no they are severely disappointed. Case in point: last week a student asked me if I knew anything about printmaking and I thought about it, and I really did not. (oops) I knew where the books are but not the content. I showed the student the books and was a little embarrassed, because as a librarian I am a chronic helper. It simply kills me if I cannot help someone find what they need. So after the student left I pulled out a book and got crackin’. Now at my other job I have become the defacto person for business. You never quite think you know a subject until you have to weed it. So in my spare time at that job I am reading blogs and keeping up on the business world as well. At the same time trying to keep up with what is going on in the field. So back to the point (after a long explanation) , my brain lately has been running a marathon. Some days I get overwhelmed: Frank Stella’s work from the 70s? Movie about Basquiat? Who killed Andy Warhol? Why do ticker symbols exist? What constitutes a recession? Why are food prices so high? Is corn ethanol really cheaper? Where can I find articles about all of this content? Gah! Whoever said, you should have learned everything you need to know in grad school is crazy.

Grad school did give me a good base, but it is up to me to add to the knowledge to become a valuable resource for students. My friends no matter what area of librarianship tell me that what we are all doing is nothing what we expected. We should all get tshirts that say Expect to be surprised!

At the end of the day I think we should all deal with it like we would a run, one step at a time.