It's a week since Halloween and I have a giant bowl of post-Halloween discount candy under my Nightmare Before Christmas tree at home. The bowl is filled with various mini-chocolate bars and a few fruit-flavored candies. The biggest problem with a variety of Halloween candy is that I want it all. I just can't choose one. The same could be said of my time as a resident. There are so many options and there's so much to learn and I want to do it all now!
In the last month, I got to see people enjoy an exhibit I worked on, put together a framework for working as a liaison librarian, attended 3 diversity courses and a SafeZone course, went to the Virginia Library Association conference, continued working on things for the Serials and Acquisitions groups, took my first shift on the Special Collections Reference Desk, had my introduction to Archivists Toolkit, and more.
I'm still struggling with the feeling that I'm not getting enough done. It's silly, though. This first year is supposed to be all about me learning about the three areas I've picked. It's like an introductory course. I'm supposed to learn what's there so I can decided where I think I fit. I'm only three months in. It's way too early to be concerned over what I've done or not done. I still have until May to work with both Collections and Technical Services and Special Collections. Then I have the summer to work with Data Curation. All of that comes before I really dig in and get stuff going. That said, there's already a lot going on in my first three months.
I'm the Community Collections Archivist, Community and Cultural Centers Librarian & Resident Librarian at Virginia Tech.