Philosophy

Emanating from my childhood love of the smell of the local library and the wonders contained in all those books, from the awe I felt walking through the university library’s stacks wondering what was in all that stuff, from my delight in taking my own children to the library story time when they were young, and from my experience as a teacher introducing students to the wonders of all the information at their fingertips, my philosophy of librarianship is quite simple: serve. Supporting an educational community requires knowledge from technological expertise to the old-fashioned fun of reading clubs. The role of the librarian ranges from helping teachers flesh out lesson plans, to pushing in chairs in computer labs, from teaching research to unjamming copy machines.

My current philosophy as a neophyte librarian is focused on school communities, but in whatever setting, to meet the needs of the community being served, librarians must be flexible and continue learning. The institution of a library is a thing that has survived since antiquity and remains viable today. From vellum accounting records to microfiche to doi numbers, libraries have evolved to serve multiple important functions, and to stay viable, they, and those who run them, must adapt. With digital everything, it is more difficult to capture, preserve, and catalog our world’s ideas for future functionality and pleasure, but is as important as ever. Libraries are time capsules, and it is the job of librarians to help the world maintain and enjoy their secrets.

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