Thursday, June 30th 2005

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.

30. June 2005 by Chad Haefele
Categories: General, Libraries/Info Sci, Ramblings | 4 comments

Comments (4)

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  2. It’s truly about the people. That’s probably the #1 mistake I made the first time I attempted library school – not connecting with anyone outside (or even inside) the classroom. Reading and responding to blogs has been a great way for someone like me (“pre-professional”) to connect with the universe of librarians. (I will guiltily admit that I only started closely reading library/librarian blogs earlier this year.) Attending my first ever library conference earlier this year also helped. I just wish I had connected with more people there.

    The moral of the story – make connections, meet people, and don’t be a stranger. People drive libraries. People can be great motivators. Libraries need motivation.

    By the way… happy (belated) birthday.

  3. Thanks!

    Reading, writing and responding to librarian blogs has been a wonderful experience for me too. It forced me to get involved, to think about the issues on my own – something I’m not sure classes alone would have accomplished.

  4. I hope you meet as many wonderful people as I have as a librarian. I hear about libraries with dysfunctional staffs, but I have been fortunate to always land in libraries with friendly collegues. Most library users appreciate what we do for them, too. It is a very satisfying profession.

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