I wouldn’t be back here quite so soon, except that I had been considering the track of working within a Public Library, as versus on the Web…and realized that I should take a long-term approach when planning this stuff out. I can see that the Digital Services path — the one I originally wanted to take — is something that will give me a foundation, at least, in tech work.
I won’t be ideally suited to be a Reference Librarian (though I am not sure any other part of me besides my idealistic and ethical [and somewhat lazy/comfortable — seriously, I can work elsewhere] self leans that way)…but I’m fairly certain that I do want to move on into Web Design and into Web Development, when I outgrow Web Design.
Salaries in Web Design are higher than in Graphic Design, but they still top out at ~$60,000/year. It’s not that I would need a whole lot of money — except for the fact that I live in an area with a bizarrely high cost of living — because I’m single without children and don’t plan on children. Health care is something else, though; retirement is something else; and there is the question of whether I’ll ever partner with someone. If I won’t, I’ll need my own emergency cushion. Web Development, on the other hand — as a next step after Web Design, has a higher salary range. It’s something I wasn’t looking at when I was researching careers: that is, branching off into a related career with higher top pay.
And given that, it’s kind of a mystery as to why I would stay in Library Science when I could just get a Graphic Arts degree and move on to an apprenticeship…though of course, that will be training to work for the person I would be if I did get the LIS degree with a specialty in anything digital. And even if I fail the degree in LIS (there is a looming “e-Portfolio” which I’m not sure I am going to do too well at — here’s hoping I’m not too much of a minority for the ALA), that won’t necessarily matter in Design, if I have acquired skills while in the LIS program which others don’t have. At least, that is, if it’s like Art: where no one cares what degree you have, as long as you’re good.
So right now…I have a fall-back position that I just figured out. If the MLIS program doesn’t work out (I presently fear being put on academic probation because of the Cataloging course, and then getting a B- next semester [which means I get kicked out and still have to pay back all of my debt]), I’m going to re-enter one of my past Community Colleges and work at the Graphic Arts program (it takes two years to complete this cycle). If I use all of my resources, I may be exempt from the rule which says I can no longer utilize priority enrollment.
I will also want to move into a different job, part-time. For the experience, for networking, and for higher pay.
Right now I can’t even think five years ahead, because I have an assignment due in a week which is worth 1/6 of my grade…and I’m rocking a C- right now (I checked today).
Yeah, I should get back to trying to catch up…(there is a saga to this that I don’t feel like re-relating, right now.)
…After, that is, I note that I shouldn’t let other people’s philosophies and issues keep me from doing something I may enjoy. I didn’t continue on with Ceramics because some kid said it was “for old people.” I didn’t continue on in Graphic Arts because I was told I “could do more.” I didn’t go back into Graphic Arts because my Fine Arts teacher wanted us never to give into the aesthetics and desires of others in making our own work. I continued on in Library School in part because a Librarian — and my family — and my counselor — wanted me to.
But none of that is about me, though I’ve internalized all of it.
Anyhow. I should get back to work…