When I first started telling people I was going into Library Science, one of the first responses I received was ‘Why? Isn’t that just checking out books all day?’ It was a little disheartening, especially because I had no quick-witted answer to retort back. I knew librarians did more than that; I had spent enough time in libraries since I was a child to figure that out- but I wasn’t really sure what it was that they did. So my frantic search was to discover what it is that actually makes someone a librarian, so I would have a legitimate answer next time someone questioned my career path.
One of the lines that stuck with me from the first class was, ‘What makes you a librarian is your mission. It is what you want to accomplish.’ What a relief that is! I don’t have to run around frantically in search of what makes someone else a librarian in order to justify my career decision; I can figure out what it means to me- and feel proud of that decision because it belongs to me. I also don’t necessarily feel the pressure of a time constraint to determine that mission anymore…I think of it more as a journey. I don’t have the answer yet, but I’m excited to start taking that journey! And I’m taking pride in it too!