As I enter my final week at the Berwyn Public Library, I thought it would be a good time to have a post about beginnings (endings would be way to cliche and I will not go there).
But seriously, endings are always one of the best times to think about beginnings. While we are beginning things we do not have time to contemplate their true meaning. Plus, as we approach an ending, a new beginning is just on the horizon.
So for today's Monday Discussion I would love it if people could share their first paid library job with me. I think it is important for us to all assess where it all began in order to fully understand where we are today and where we need to go in the future. Too often in our profession, we look forward only.
Not today. I can't wait to see where it all began for people.
I'll go first. In the summer of 1997 right after I graduated from college but before I started library school, I got a job as the ILL runner for the library inside a major Chicago law firm (they no longer exist as they were due to mergers). ILL runner meant what it sounds like. I was paid to literally run around Chicago to other law firms and libraries (like the Cook County Law Library and CPL among others) to do research and pick up materials.
Now it's your turn. Humor me and share your first paid library job. I am very interested in how our varied pasts combine and manifest themselves in how we serve leisure readers as a community of RA librarians today.
And one last note. While this is my last Monday Discussion as an employee of the Berwyn Public Library, it is not the last Monday Discussion on RA for All. They will continue.
For past Monday Discussions, click here.
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