I love reading – this is not unusual. I bet most students in LIS programs do. But it is the driving force behind my philosophy about library science. I recall so many happy hours spent reading and hours spent playing using ideas, characters, and information from what I had been reading. I was Laura driving miles in a sled through terrible snowstorms to my teaching post. I was Harriet creeping and sneaking around keeping tabs on my neighbors. I was Anne imaginatively naming the various sections of my yard and generally being overly dramatic.
I believe that exposure and access to the written word is essential for a child’s development. Though I am interested in so many aspects of library science, I think that I am going to take the school media track. I would like to work with children or young adults, either in a school or public library setting. I fondly recall my elementary school librarian. A woman who did not look like a “librarian” (big hair, high heels, stirrup pants, sparkles – it was the 80s!), but who always knew just what book to recommend to me. She introduced me to Roald Dahl and I will forever be grateful to her. I also recall the myriad of public librarians who helped me find books, taught me how to use a card catalog, and left me alone to peruse and choose.
I also believe that children who learn to love reading have a better chance in life than those who don’t. I was lucky to be born into a family of readers. My mom is a reading teacher! But many children aren’t as lucky. I want to reach as many children as I can to help them know the pleasure of reading and being transported to a different world where anything is possible. (I’m reminded of the PBS show – Reading Rainbow. The theme song says “I can go anywhere” and “I can be anything.”).
I expect to gain skills in all arenas of librarianship – building collections, current issues, technology information, etc. – through this degree. I already have the passion but now I need the knowledge. I want to find my dream job. This is my second masters degree and I didn’t undertake it lightly. I thought long and hard about another degree – the cost, the time, the sacrifices – and I decided that it was essential to my happiness. I am and ESL teacher and though I enjoy it, I don’t want to be an ESL teacher in 5 years. It is a stable job though, for which I am thankful, and so I have the luxury of taking my time to look for a job that I love. I am so excited to be moving toward my goal of being in an industry and having a career that I am passionate about.