Hi- Thanks for taking a minute to stop by! I am about halfway through this program. I feel like this semester is my “fun” semester, I have no core classes on the roster, only classes that really line up to my interests. I live in Denver, Colorado, and work in a public library district. Libraries have been my passion for my entire life. As a homeschooled child we relied heavily on our local library and at a young age, I began volunteering. My B.A. is in English Lit and my general professional focus is digital library services. I have a strong interest in the field of digital humanities and digital management.
Why am I here?! (in this class that is)
Living in Denver is a privilege when it comes to amazing libraries. I live in the Anythink Library Distict and I work in a neighboring district that is also a special library district modeled similarly to Anythink. I am surrounded by the idea of libraries being more than just books. I really felt that this class would help me be competitive in the Denver job market and further my understanding of the philosophy of librarianship in general that I want to be a part of. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, I was introduced to the library world very young. I spent so many hours with librarians in a rural library district in Georgia. I have early memories though of discussions with my mother that librarians were so grumpy all the time. She always joked that they had to take a class on grumpiness in library school (this was not a bash, she was truly a library advocate in the 90s, this was honest perception). This general overview of the profession was and sometime still is a stain on the powerful work of a library and librarians. I am overjoyed that there has been a dedicated effort to changing that perception over the past 20 years. I believe this class and the model of the hyperlinked library is a part of that work and I want to be a part of that effort!