Dear Annoyed Librarian,
I received my prestigious ALA-accredited MLS a little over a year ago. I've moved back home to Wyoming and have been working a part-time job in the local library. I've been looking all over Wyoming for a job, but just haven't been able to find one! I know there must be a great job for me in Wyoming, and I really don't want to leave. I'm from Wyoming. My family lives in Wyoming. My boyfriend lives in Wyoming. We're all very attached to the place and don't want to move. I'm writing you because I know you want new librarians to get good jobs. Do you have any advice for me?
Settled in Wyoming
You're obviously obsessed with Wyoming. Get over it. My advice to you would be to pack up your large bottom and move somewhere that has some library jobs! The Southwest seems like a booming place, why don't you try there. Take plenty of water with you, though, because it's all desert from what I hear.
Isn't Wyoming the least populated state in the nation? [Editor's note: according to the edition of the World Almanac I happen to have handy, it is.] Does it make any sense to move to the least populated state in the country and expect to find a job? No people, no jobs. It seems clear to me. What makes you think there would be any library jobs in Wyoming? Have you ever seen an ad for a library job Wyoming? I'm not even sure there are any libraries in Wyoming. They don't have any ALA-accredited library schools, that's for sure. Come to think of it, I'm not sure there's anything in Wyoming besides, I suppose, your family and other animals.
Of course I want new librarians to get good jobs, and I know decent entry level jobs are scarce. But really, girl, you've got to make some effort! You can't expect a good job to just come to you! So saddle your pony or pack your buggy or whatever it is you people in Wyoming do, and move your enormous bottom out of there.
Do you want a job or a career? If you just want a job, there are jobs in Wyoming. You can be a sales associate, a receptionist, or a delivery driver--all without leaving your home town! If you want to stay in the Cowboy State, you should become a cowboy! If you want to become a librarian, go to the Librarian State, wherever the heck that is.
If you want a career, then you're just going to have to move. You've heard of that whole "supply and demand" thing, right? The problem is you're supplying what nobody in Wyoming is demanding. I know the ALA has a problem figuring that out, but you've got to do better than them if you want a library job. If you insist on waiting for a good library job to come to you, I suggest you at least move to a more populous state with many more opportunities, like North Dakota.
The Annoyed Librarian