Friday, August 31, 2012

Now what's she up to?

Sometimes when bloggers disappear we never find out where they went - or why they left.  I've been absent a long time now...but all is well.  I had the opportunity this last year to reflect on my life so far.
Where I've been and where I'm going.
This was triggered when I started to document the jobs I've had in my life, which was, in turn, triggered by my reading about other bloggers' life stories, reflections, aspirations, activities, hopes and dreams.  Thanks to Friko and DJan, in particular.  You started something!

As a result of all of this, on September 4th, 2012 (eek, 4 days from now) I will be going back to school for the first time in over 25 years. I'm starting a 2 year diploma program called, 'Library and Information Technology' at one of our local universities.  After attending my orientation a few days ago I see that my fellow classmates range from 18-ish to 50-ish (I am the 50-ish - I think I'm the oldest, but I haven't taken a poll), with a 75/25 female to male ratio.

We're not all stereotypical librarian types.  There are beards, piercings, tattoos, young men and women, generation X-ers, middle-aged hipsters, yuppies.....diversity! We've been told that we will be part of a vibrant, ever-changing community of information providers, using all sorts of media as well as the traditional printed page. We've also been told to embrace ALL the technology: computers, smart-phones, e-readers, laptops, tablets, social media - the works.

As one of the older students, I am so looking forward to drinking from the fountain of youthful ideas and energy all around me.  I'll suspend posting on this blog for now, but please know that I am off on what promises to be an amazing adventure. Wish me luck!


Red said...

I have missed your blog.
Great that you are pursuing a neat course. I was on the library board here for 6 years and yes the library is all the things you say.
Good luck.

DJan said...

Wow! Now that sounds really exciting, Kathryn. And thank you for thinking I had anything to do with it, I didn't; you did! I'm glad to hear you will be back one of these days... :-)

Christine said...

You are going to have a wonderful time Kathryn. Good luck!

Deborah said...

I hope to still get my snickers and snorts here now and then. In fact, I'm positive there'll be some excellent stories coming out of the library.

You'll do well, Kath.

Jocelyn said...

I am crazily excited for you--and to think that blogging somehow triggered that desire inside of you, to the point of action. Your program sounds like a good fit...and, as a community college teacher, I can attest to how vibrant today's classrooms are, in terms of diversity. It's great fun!

Connie Dunton said...

Good for you Kathryn! I wanted to be librarian when I was young...born of my love of reading I think! Keep us posted on how things go...I bet you will have lots of great stories!!