Library Lover

By Julia de Ruiter, lover of books, libraries, music and working with children.

My library story is just beginning. I finished high school in 2009 with the intention of working for a year, then studying to become an occupational therapist. I’ve always loved libraries (visiting nearly every day!) but never, ever thought of them as a career path – I had my heart set on a job in the health sector.

One day I saw a job advertised for a library assistant in the  library foyer – I’m surprised I didn’t faint I was so excited! I applied for and got the job – planning on leaving at the end of the year to go to Dunedin and study. But, once I’d been in the job for a few months I just knew libraries were the place for me! So, I’ve been working at the Oamaru Public library since 2010 and I absolutely love it. I’m studying at the moment to achieve the Diploma in Information and Library Studies and the Certificate in Literature and Services for Children and Young People with the Open Polytechnic & I’ll be finished next year. I do have plans to carry on and study to get my Masters 🙂

I’ve become more confident as an employee  in the time I’ve worked in the library and become involved in lots of activities like running Wriggle and Rhyme, starting a blog, tweeting and running school holiday programmes. Libraries are vibrant, exciting places and I feel very fortunate to have ‘stumbled’ upon such an awesome job. I can’t wait to see where the future will take me!

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  1. Sarah- I feel the same- I wish everyone knew how awesome libraries are!

  2. Sarah says:

    Your story shares similarities with mine, Julia. I’m a similar age and also feel fortunate and lucky to have found a career in libraries – I don’t know what I’d be doing otherwise!!

  3. Cath Sheard says:

    Sounds like you are in exactly the right job Julia. It’s great to read about someone who wants to do their study and is excited about the future.

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