whoa—i’m sorry to hear this.
my honest advice would be if you’re under halfway through the program—get out now. having the MA but no passion for the work is as useless as no degree at all.
but if you’re set on seeing the degree through, i’m not sure exactly how to help here. i will say, if you’re turned off by ‘library’ work, you should explore research positions beyond libraries. i work in a corporate setting—few people i work with, my patron/clients included, don’t even know i’m a librarian. to them i’m just a part of their research team. there are lots of other avenues like this—legal work, prospect research, record management, metadata stuff of all sorts, analytics work available pretty much everywhere…
so again, i’m not sure. i’d say you need good mentoring advice from someone who knows your skills/potential and can give you honest feedback. best of luck to you & i hope your situations improves asap!
Thought I would respond to this somewhat depressing post. First, I have to say I agree with the advice the thelifeguardlibrarian has offered, including the fact that there are different ways to leverage the skills and knowledge one obtains vis-a-vis the process of getting the degree. As you study, focus on other tangible transferable skills and take electives, including those focused on improving you ability to write. There are tons of positions for researchers with technical writing skills: grant writers, social media content strategists, and small business planners.
Always remember that successful people do not follow their passion, they bring their passion. (According to Mike Rowe of the acclaimed Dirty Jobs.) Career advisers, myself included, are able to help you write a story about your skills, knowledge, and background. In short, don’t count you experiences out, find new ways to tell your story. I know it is always easier to give advice than to enact it, but I had many of the same feelings and experiences when I started my M.A. in Intercultural Communication.
Just FYI—Many-a-time I felt burned out too. But I am happy I stayed the course. I hope you can find your optimal path and find sources of energy along the way.