You do not become a skilled chef, clarinet player or mountain climber by reading Escoffier, discussing the history of music or composing essays on ropes, pistons and abseiling. Skills are mainly developed through practice.
Books, seminars and papers are supplements, at best. Skills do not reside in the head. They are developed through physical, material, bodily practice. Therefore I like the idea of librarians-in-residence – and quote from today’s Bilingual librarian:
Becoming a librarian-in-residence is a great way to acquire some extra experience in the field, live abroad, and enhance your resume. Each library will have different rules for these type of positions so make sure each party’s expectations are clear before taking this type of job.
Below are a few libraries that have ongoing opportunities for a librarian-in-residence;
- Bermuda College (Bermuda) – (Report back about this program)
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt)
- Goethe-Institut (New York, USA)
- Hesburgh Libraries, Notre Dame (Indiana, USA)
- McGill (Montreal, Canada)
- University of Arkansas, University libraries (Arkansas, USA)
- Yale University Library (Connecticut, USA)