As I walk away from this class, I find myself ever more grateful that I made the decision to start my MLIS journey. Community-centered care, action, activism, has always been a passion of mine, and this class further emphasized how key that passion is to being the best librarian I can be. Being a librarian is about serving our community and being engaged through patrons’ stories, grief, passions, talents, dreams, and more. Libraries are not meant to be book mausoleums, but instead alive and thriving, both inside and beyond the walls of the building.
Much of this is in my symposium post, but reflecting back, I can see development of a richer understanding of librarianship and librarians’ duty. I am still fresh to the program—this was my second semester—so I cannot claim to know everything, but I now see how intertwined just about every aspect of librarianship is with service beyond expectation: going above the minimum requirements. Rather than simply buying whatever hot, new book is available, it’s taking time to curate a collection; rather than finding an article for a patron and sending them off, it’s showing them how you found it so they can learn a skill; rather than offering the same few programs, it’s getting creative and inviting new speakers, new designs, new ideas, novelty.
This class was such a pleasant surprise because I really did not know what to expect coming in; it just happened to one of the classes that didn’t require INFO 202. In such a short amount of time, I feel like we established a community of our own on this blog site, and I’ll be sad to see it go. I hope to take more courses with many of you. Thanks for a fantastic semester!
Edit to add: here’s my LinkedIn if you would like to stay in touch 🙂