I need to add a number eleven to my list of ten things I learned at ALA:
I am truly excited about being a librarian.
I can say without hyperbole that going into this field is the best decision I’ve ever made. I won’t make as much money as I would in the IT sector, but I get to actually meet and help real human beings – on a minute to minute basis. I get to make their lives just a little bit easier. And I get to love what I’ll do!
I haven’t always been quite so excited. But once I started blogging, once I started making connections outside the classroom I quickly reached critical mass.
So thank you Mom and Dad, and Dr. Birmingham, and the whole staff at the Fairport Public Library. Thank you to everyone who ever encouraged me towards signing up for my MLS, and didn’t respond with a blank look and “You need a degree to do that?”
OK, so maybe I didn’t learn this just at ALA. But it sure was reaffirmed. I met and re-met so many wonderful people, and I can’t wait to join you all as a full colleague.