I am the Director of a library.
Running a library is a challenging job with many, many facets. It isn't, simply, sitting there reading books. It is a job that is more about leading from behind than leading from the front. You have to build your patron base and support. It isn't always easy, but getting the right books in and when people start their own empowerment--when it works it is fantastic.
So many skills. It is a job that has lots of incy peency things that have to be just so--so you can find the books---and then there is the service aspect--helping patrons. Then there is being a boss, taking care of a building, dealing with trustees...a lot of moving parts!
Here's the first step for everyone
Start at the bottom and work your way in and up. You will need to get a degree.
"You can't be an artist you are a woman. You can't go to college, I won't sign the papers for you to get the money. You should be a secretary."
Keep fighting. Do not give up. You are worth it. You can wind up doing amazing things. Believe in yourself... All of this sound familiar? It is. The thing is having gone through amazingly difficult times, more difficult than I would go into here, the thing is, it really is all about hanging in there, no matter what the barriers are and keeping at it. AmeriCorps was my way up and out.