It’s self-affirmation Friday here at Ink and Vellum. This is for all the MLIS students, the part-timers, the contract employees, the assistants, the staff-not-faculty, the not-yet-employed, and all the other library workers who go above and beyond their call to service.
I am a librarian.
I teach students how to discover value in information resources and in doing so help them to recognize the value of their own thoughts.
I stay at the reference desk until every question is fully answered and only then do I take my lunch break.
I keep a copy of Dublin Core next to a copy of the customer service manual because I believe metadata is a service.
I double the Rule of 3.
I advocate for policy changes that increase diversity, recognize and celebrate alterative perspectives, and make the workplace a safer and more equal environment.
I stay late on a Friday because that one colleague needed someone to cover her instruction class at the last minute. And I do it off the clock.
I make students laugh at access policy jokes.
I assess everything.
I develop research guides for students not because they are requested, but because they are helpful (and I really love creating bibliographies).
I spend my breaks reading through virtual chat logs to stay up to date on student assignments.
I test each new product the library purchases. And I always fill out the feedback form.
I share new ideas for outreach because our patrons are an ever-changing organism. And I know library services won’t simply sell themselves.
I always stop and talk to the student with the confused look on her face.
I assume everyone who comes to the circulation desk is faculty.
I never miss an opportunity to make students feel welcomed and loved.
I rock professional library conferences.
I have an MLIS.
I am a librarian because I have librarian skills. I am a librarian because I have library values. I am a librarian because I have library passion.
My job description does not define me. The title on my office door does not define me. My salary does not define me. My institution does not define me.
I am a librarian. And always have been.