Paradise Writing team members wear many hats. We devote our talent, passion, and ability to organize information to every client, every day. Today, meet our team member Rebekah, as she shares a day in her life.
1. My current job title is Library Technician with the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Base Library.
2. I have been working in libraries semi-regularly since 2014 and have been in my current position since 2019.
3. I chose this work because I love reading, books in any form, organization, and helping people discover the wonders and resources of a library.
4. I have a master’s degree in Library Science, but that is not required for this work. I think good communication, people skills, patience, and a love for books or learning is important in this line of work.
5. A typical day for me consists of about 4 to 5 hours working the Circulation Desk which can include everything from checking books in and out to helping someone with computer problems; you never know what someone is going to ask. They could need help locating a book, need to sign up for a library account, or they could just need directions to the bathroom. The other hours of my day are spent either preparing for library programs or acting as the “Library Bad Guy” trying to get overdue library items returned.
"Getting to interact with other people who love books as I do is something else I love about this job."
6. The pros of this work for me is that I never know what might happen at work that day. We could lose internet for 3 hours and have to turn people away or I could make someone’s day because we have a book or DVD that they needed. Getting to interact with other people who love books as I do is something else I love about this job.
7. One con of this job is that you always have to be “on” when you’re dealing with the public. You may not get to go hide in the back when you have a bad day, but you have to be courteous and helpful to the people using the facility. Another con is that you might get asked a question that you have absolutely no idea what the answer is. For me, that would be the computer-related questions. I like to think I know enough to get by, but occasionally, someone asks a question that just stumps me.
8. I would definitely recommend this work to others, but with the caveat that it’s not for everyone. I think that just like teachers, you need to have a certain personality to do this job. I will be the first one to say that I am an introvert, but I can talk to anyone about books and libraries so that is why I love my job.
9. If someone was interested in this job, I would recommend volunteering at a library first. That way you get to see what it’s really like behind the scenes.
10. Something that stands out the most to me is that I got to present at a state library conference about some of the unique and non-traditional items our library had for check out like cake pans, sewing machines, and telescopes.