Library Love on Valentines Day
When I was younger, if there was one piece of good ol' homespun wisdom that I truly loathed, it was the notion that children were meant to be seen and not heard. As hard as my father often tried to live by that cliche, he was dealing with a precocious, future librarian. Even at a tender age, I believed I had something to contribute and my hard-headed approach to not being silenced has served me well in my professional career. If I can extend to you all one affectionate bit of advice on the Valentine's Day, it is to get out of the libraries and the offices when you can and make yourselves seen and heard. Spread that library love, my friends, and let the world know that we are still here and more vital than ever!
I Scream, You Scream . . .
Nicole Downing gets it. Libraries and offices may be where we make our magic happen, but they are not the only things that define us. She is speaking as an academic law librarian, but her advice applies to librarians and info-pros in all industries. Encouraging us to be present and be seen, she writes, "For those not yet stepping outside the library walls, what I am proposing may go against your natural inclination. But it is worth a try to be involved, and there are plenty of options for getting started." Worth it indeed! Check out Nicole's advice in: Librarians Belong at Ice Cream Socials Too.
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Taking on the world,
John J. DiGilio, MLIS, JD, Editor of Librarian News Digest
Senior Director of Research & Intelligence, LibSource - an LAC Group Company
Founder & Co-editor, TILT blog
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