Where do I begin?! I can’t think of anything better for a retired librarian to do (no, I’m not one yet, but I will be within three and a half years) than continue educating people and giving them information. I’ve always loved history, and grew up on family-history stories (most of them true…I think). Research is one of my passions–in the right subjects, of course–since it enables me to solve mysteries. Writing is another…what’s the best word?…oh, I’ll just say it: addiction. Another is still something of a surprise to me, as, for many years, I didn’t think I’d like it or be good at it (although everyone who knew me disagreed with my assessment): teaching. And I thoroughly enjoyed working with a health-advocacy nonprofit some years ago to develop their small library and information center.
What all this means is that I’d like to spend my “retirement” years working (mainly) in history, genealogy and consumer-health information, education and advocacy, in such pleasurable pursuits as research, writing, editing, speaking, giving workshops, and information-consulting to nonprofits, especially historical and genealogical societies, libraries and museums, and health-related nonprofits devoted to support, education and advocacy.
Then there’s one piece of unfinished business: that Ph.D. of mine. Three years in the program, a Master’s, language requirements, all course requirements…done…and it was a disability, not incompetence or insolvency, that let someone at my school think I could legitimately be thrown out. A few years later, when, my MLS behind me, I re-enrolled, there were enough roadblocks in my path to make me wonder if someone was trying to tell me something again. Ultimately it became financially and logistically impossible for me to continue to study while working, and given my age at the time, I had to work so as to build that vital nest egg. End of story? I very much doubt it. I truly dislike leaving things half done…things I love and that are important to me. I did say there was nothing more important than being able to educate people, didn’t I?