Sunday, June 1, 2014 marked my 15th year of public library service. With my 5 years in academic and health sciences libraries, I am heading towards 20 years in the profession. I guess I’m approaching that point in professional life where I can tell it like it is. So here it goes….
I did not go into the library and information science profession, because I loved books or reading. Don’t get me wrong, I am an avid reader. The item and the activity, however, are not my librarian raison d’être. The book and reading are just one tool and a method that inform my real reason for pursuing a career in LIS….curiosity! Since birth (according to my mother) I have had an insatiable curiosity. I want to discover, explore and know. Discovery, exploration and knowing are generative. There is always more to discover, more to explore and more to know.
It’s why I opted for the MLIS program with the research emphasis [Shout out to the faculty and staff at the School of Library and Information Science at University of Southern Mississippi], even though it meant an extra semester of coursework.
It is one reason why my work in the field has always been grounded in evidence-based practice and assessment. My favorite LIS journal? Evidenced Based Library and Information Science Practice
It is the reason that I will be sitting for my comprehensive exams in order to move forward to the next phase of my doctoral work in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions at Simmons College. [I also decided to move forward with the PhD, because there is very little strong research coming out of the public library practice. This has to change in the future.]
It is the never-ending curiosity that keeps me in the profession.