One thing I have tried to do in the past year is re-connect with librarians that I have grown to know as a patron.
I like to think of this as a way to not only network (or re-network) but also a way to quietly say thanks to those who helped shape what I know and how I think about accessing information. Too often as young adults and children we see the teachers and librarians we encounter and assume or expect that they are here for us. We do not realize just how much our success as information professionals hinges on how we were trained from the start. We simply didn’t know how much we had to thank them for until we were much older.
This past year I was able to visit the Cierpke Memorial Library at Tennessee Temple University that my Mom worked at while my Dad was in college. The current librarian had been a student when my Dad attended and much of the physical space looked the same. I was home schooled for several years in early elementary grades and my Mom would bring us to work with her. We would go upstairs and do our school work and read the fabulous kids books. I am most grateful to Mr. Kevin Woodruff for giving us such a thorough tour.
I also recently heard from my high school librarian, Kim Donius, and I was delighted to reconnect. It was this encounter that made me realize that I needed to go back and examine just who helped shape my library career be it school librarians, public librarians or my professors and thank them. This belated thanks would also help me network with professionals I had lost touch with. By reconnecting I now better understand just how I came to be who I am within the field.