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Thing 10 of 23–My path into librarianship

As a citizen of the United States, I attended the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.  I worked full-time at the American Library Association while I took my library courses in the evening; I also got a certificate qualifying me as a school librarian.  This path took 3.5 years, but I was able to complete my MLIS completely debt-free.  I came into the program with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Chicago; while I initially intended to pursue a career as a special librarian, I’ve been a school librarian, an academic librarian, and a museum librarian–and have worked a total of five years as a regional and state-wide consultant in youth services.  I’ve been in the profession for 20 years, and I love my work.

Libraries and the services and resources they provide are integral to American culture, and my work is now primarily with public libraries–although some of my work is with school libraries.  While I believe digital resources are  important offerings libraries can provide to the various communities they serve, libraries as place–with their programs, print resources, computers, and other media remain important.  As someone who serves both urban and rural communities, I believe libraries remain as important as ever in maintaining at least an opportunity for an evening playing field to both children and adults who don’t have access to computers in their homes, early literacy programs, summer reading programs, and being a source of information and recreation to all citizens.

I decided to become a librarian after working in several other fields, and it’s a decision I’ve never regretted.  It’s a profession that allows me to be of service to others in a meaningful way, throughout the entire human life span, and for that privilege, I’m very appreciate and grateful.

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