Sunday Reflections: My Wild and Weird YA Librarian Resume
I was recently speaking with a friend when it occurred to me she didn’t really have any idea what I did as a YA librarian. Spoiler alert: we do not get paid to sit around all day in quiet and read. At the same time, I was going through and cleaning up my “office” space, which is really the dining room, and started really going through a bunch of old notebooks and papers, which made me spiral down a black hole of statistics. Given the lowest numbers, I came up with the following:
These are low estimates as they don’t account for the years where I had daily after school programs or the years that I had programs every Tuesday with anywhere from 50 to 110 teens in attendance. They don’t count the years I had a Teen MakerSpace that was open daily and on the weekends. It doesn’t include all the school visits and tours, outreach events, and more. It’s just a very basic beginning look of stats I put together to help my friend understand on a very basic level exactly what it is that I do and why it meant so much to me.
But then I got to thinking, if I was going to put together a realistic resume, I could include a lot of fun things.
For example, I can make or modify a t-shirt in no less than 22 ways.
I can write my name in Lego form.
I can turn a toothbrush into a mini-robot.
I can write an interactive murder mystery, from scratch.
I can make slime in no less than 10 ways.
I can make my own board game.
I can turn a beloved TV or book character into a party theme, complete with character themed decorations and food.
I know more than 10 creative ways to use Shrinky Dink film.
I can turn trash into art.
I know all the lyrics to High School Musical, Hamilton, and many other musicals.
I can turn a simple fingerprint into an epic button.
I can make a stop animation movie using a variety of artifacts, including clay, Legos and paper art.
I can turn a blank canvas into art in now less than 20 ways.
In short, the life of a YA librarian contains multitudes. I’ve done a lot of cool things, learned a lot, and feel really blessed. If we were to truly make a resume that showed everything we could do, it would require reams of paper and would be a pretty creative document.
What unique skills would you put on your resume? I think it would be fun to see what we’re all putting on our next resume.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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