ebookworm asked: I just started my masters in librarian-ing, and you just recently finished, so let me ask you this – during the course of your study, was there a paper, article or a book that really affected the way you thought the profession? That either caused you to think about things differently, or that truly affirmed to you that you were on the right path?
Yes. Jesse H. Shera’s collection of essays The Compleat Librarian. He affirms librarianship as a service profession positioned at a critical, and unique, place in the learning process: “A library is not a laboratory, a schoolroom, or a lecture platform—it is a library; and the librarian is not a research worker, a social worker, a teacher, or a public speaker—[s]he is a librarian.” (More here.)
He affirmed my belief that our service as librarians is as critical a resource as the books on the shelves, and that service defines our profession:
Only through a clear and constant recognition of his[/her] own unique responsibility can the librarian hope to maintain the unity, the integrity, and the effectiveness of his[/her] services.
And congrats on starting your masters! Best of luck and I hope you’ll keep us updated.