I've decided that I'm going to go ahead and at least write a letter of inquiry to ACPL about the job I posted here the other day. Sure, I'm not really available until May, and they'll likely want to fill the job before them (They may even be planning to hire from within the system, they seem to do that a lot) - but it at least can't hurt for them to know that I'm interested in working there, if more positions become available later. I'm also hoping to volunteer at the library over Christmas break. Anything I can do to keep my name fresh in their memory, right? So wish me luck! Oh, and thanks for the encouragement, Joel and Joel.

In other news - remember that horrible, disgusting cold I had? No sooner did I finally get rid of it than I caught another one. Ugh.

So I did my internship this summer at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, working in the young adult department, and I really enjoyed it. I'm interested in YA librarianship as a career, plus Fort Wayne is where my parents live and where I lived before I moved to Bloomington, so I'd kind of like it if there's a possibility of getting a job with ACPL when I graduate in May. I was looking around their website just now and saw a job opportunity posted that drives me crazy, because it's exactly along the lines of what I would apply for - but it's probably at least six months too early for me. Check it out:

Full-time assistant manager at the New Haven Branch. The schedule for New Haven Branch assistant manager will include day, evening and weekend hours. The range minimum for assistant manager is $35,547 and up depending on experience. There is a relocation allowance. If you are interested in applying for New Haven Branch assistant manager, you must have an ALA-accredited master of library science degree, along with training and/or experience with young adults. Some experience with children is a plus. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are necessary for working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Applicants should have a genuine liking and understanding of teens as well as the general public and a strong general knowledge of a variety of subjects, including popular fiction. A thorough understanding of internet search techniques and the Windows environment is needed. Bilingual ability in Spanish or an Asian language is desirable but not required. Responsibilities of the New Haven Branch assistant manager include providing reference and readers’ advisory assistance to patrons of all ages, working particularly with young adults through outreach activities and development of the YA collection, planning and presenting programs for both adults and teens, supervising the branch’s strong volunteer program, supervising the branch in the absence of the manager and serving on various system-wide committees, as well as other duties as required.

Other than the fact that I unfortunately don't have bilingual ability in Spanish or an Asian language, this job sounds like it would be a great one for me to apply for. The pay is a lot higher than I might expect to get straight out of grad school in other systems, plus it doesn't look like they're requiring tons of experience. But there's not really much point in me applying now when I'm not really available until May. So frustrating!

Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene

It’s Lulu – The Boo Radleys

Lovefool – The Cardigans

Winter Spring Summer Fall – The Postmarks

We Could Walk Together – The Clientele

No Surprises – Radiohead

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield

Alone Again Or – Love

I’m Waking Up to Us – Belle and Sebastian

You Or Your Memory – Mountain Goats

I Wish I Was the Moon – Neko Case

Fox in the Snow – Belle and Sebastian

All My Little Words – Magnetic Fields

Mushaboom - Feist

Plasticities – Andrew Bird

When The Day Is Short – Martha Wainwright

Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2 – Chopin

So Easy – Royksopp

Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

The Engine Driver – The Decemberists

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