Sunday, April 22, 2007

SLIM for Life!

I'm sure that joke has been made before.

For the past 5 years, I have been studying in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. This spring, I'm done.

What does this mean? I'm now working at a professional level. I've got the word "librarian" in my title. This is a good thing.

Mostly I hope I exemplify the values and outcomes of the SLIM program. From the outset, the faculty strives to inculcate professional values into the students. It lifted me up and gave me something to which to aspire.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reports of Our Demise...

...are greatly exaggerated, according to these new stats published by the ALA: an increase of 61% in folks visiting the library between 1994 and 2004. Read the rest here.
Loriene Roy ALA president-elect says:
"Far from hurting American libraries, the Internet has actually helped to spur more people to use their local libraries because it has increased our hunger for knowledge and information."

And porn. But we won't go there, even if some of our patrons do...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Transformation, Part 2

I'm almost there.
Next weekend is my final class meeting.
I get to say how I became the professional librarian I am.

I remember thinking, the first time I introduced myself in class, that I didn't say enough. I heard the next person and I thought, wow, she's really telling a lot about herself.

Why can't I--or why couldn't I say more?

Plainly, in a room of strangers, I was scared. I had a bit of the "imposter" syndrome going on, thinking, maybe I didn't belong. Here were people who mostly it seemed, went into school without taking the detours I did.