And so as 2019 races on, I continue to be terrible at blogging, which will come as no surprise to anybody. I am genuinely considering amalgamating my two blogs, so that I only have one to fail at maintaining, but I’m not actually sure how to combine the archives and I feel like ultimately that would probably be a bad idea, so I guess we’ll just leave things as they are for now.
(Well, apart from the name change that will be happening asap. If you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr, you’ll notice I’m now @finnlongman on both. Instagram, this blog, Facebook, and Youtube will be changing in the near future. You’ve been warned.)
I’ve got some news, though!
Remember how last year I was applying for graduate library traineeships, but didn’t end up getting any? Well, I decided to apply again this year, because I have more experience now, and it seemed like experience was the thing I was lacking. Besides which, I’ve started appreciating academic libraries even more now that I no longer have access to one, because wow I miss it, so I figured I wanted in on that library life.
Well, I got a traineeship! (I actually got two, and had to choose. It was stressful.) As of September, I’ll be the graduate trainee librarian at Christ’s College Cambridge.
Obviously, I’m super excited about it. I’ll get to work with old books, I’ll get to work with new books, I’ll learn all the complicated bits of librarianship that I have managed to get this far without knowing… It’s a fantastic opportunity, and the team at Christ’s seem really nice, so I’m looking forward to being a part of that and getting to work with them.
I’m also really looking forward to moving back to Cambridge. (People my age! Folk music! Bookshops! LGBTQ+ people! Studios I can hire for dance practice!) I have no idea where I’m going to live and admittedly that’s a bit of a concern, but I’ll figure it out. There are a few things I still have to resolve, like dance, but I’m confident I’ll find solutions to them.
I’m nervous about it all as well, too. Working full time and living independently will be a big transition. I’m hoping I manage to find work between now and September, so that I’m not going from 0-60 in no time, because I think that would be too much of a shock to the system. But even if I do, it’ll still be a difficult change, and I know that.
Still, the positives outweigh my concerns, and it’s also a relief to have secured this so early in the year. Not only do I know what I’m doing for the academic year 2019-20, so I can actually make plans for once in my life, but I don’t have to apply for any more traineeships, because I’m done! I just have to apply for shorter-term stuff, which is usually less difficult…
Anyway, that’s a big piece of news for me. I’m sure as it approaches I’ll talk about it more, but I just figured I’d update those of you who hadn’t already seen it on other social media.
Someone once said that the main audience for The Toast included queer librarians and stay-at-home medievalists. Although we (tragically) live in a post-Toast world, these labels are still excellent ways to describe me, and while currently I fall more under the stay-at-home medievalist category, I look forward to my transition to queer librarian.