Archive for July, 2004

RotK EE will be 50 minutes longer than the original!

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I am heroic couplets; most precise
And fond of order. Planned and structured. Nice.
I know, of course, just what I want; I know,
As well, what I will do to make it so.
This doesn’t mean that I attempt to shun
Excitement, entertainment, pleasure, fun;
But they must keep their place, like all the rest;
They might be good, but ordered life is best.

What poetry form are you?

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So far my life has been marked by significant, and sometimes drastic transitions every few years. There’s starting school, moving up to middle school, and then on up to high school. There’s high school graduation, college graduation, and graduate school graduation. I suppose one of these days I’ll eventually discover the transition to marriage and :gasp: even having kids (Lord willing, of course). However, today, I’m commemorating the beginning of another transition–the first real job. The full-time working thing. The career.

Yes, I, Steve Jamieson, have been hired. So what [not so] exotic locale will I been jetting off to? The answer is… Saint Louis! Yes, I’m going to be employed right here in the city in which I currently live. So what is this job? Well, you’re looking at (or would be if you were looking at me) the Covenant Theological Seminary Library’s new Reference and Systems Librarian! Yes, that’s right, I will soon join the staff of the institution from which I just graduated.

Now, I suppose many of you might be confused. After all, it is the typical pattern for a seminary graduate to become a pastor rather than a librarian. And, no, I have not been secretly working on a library degree on the side either. So what’s the deal? Let me tell you how this all came about…

One day late in the spring, I was casually logging in to the seminary’s student portal in order to look something up (maybe it was to download a document for class or check to see if any of my grades had come in). As I was greeted by the welcome page, I noticed a new announcement indicating that the library was seeking a new staff person to replace one of the librarians who was preparing to leave to go plant a church. Upon reading the short announcement, my reaction was an intrigued and optimistic “huh”—it had struck a chord somewhere deep inside me.

Despite having never considered becoming a librarian, I contacted the Library Director and expressed my interest in finding out more about the position. Several interviews, a wedding, and a Grand Canyon vacation later, I was offered the job, which I have obviously accepted. So what was it that made the job so attractive to me? Well, let’s look at the three primary duties of the job.

  1. Research. One of my key responsibilities will helping students (and other patrons) find the necessary materials for their research and fielding questions about the library and how to use its resources. Thus, I will be playing an important role in the intellectual and spiritual development of future pastors. That’s definitely a ministry and pastoral opportunity that I’m interested in.
  2. Systems. Another primary responsibility is to oversee and manage the technological needs of the library. This starts with doing some general troubleshooting, software installation and management, and working with the IT department. However, this also includes working within the regional consortium of libraries with whom our catalog database is linked, and managing the associated technological issues. In short, I’ll get to muck around with computers a lot.
  3. Administration. Finally, I will take on various administrative tasks and oversee certain library employees.

With a job description like that, it is little wonder that the more I found out about the job, the more interested I became. I’m thrilled that I happened to stumble across a job that fits so well with my unique talents, skills, and interests, and that I got it too.

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