Becoming Your Own Personal Advocate


How many of you have had family members, friends, acquaintances, strangers, etc. ask you why you are in library school or give you a quizzical look and say something along the lines of “Don’t you know that librarianship is a dying profession?” or “But didn’t Google replace the need for librarians?” Of course, we all know that this isn’t true, but if there is anything I’ve learned over the past 2.5 years in library school, it’s that we must be advocates for our profession and, perhaps more importantly, ourselves. The reality is that we will probably never be able to stop advocating. So, I urge you to learn how to do this now, because if you want a long and successful career in this field, you will need this valuable skill.

I work as a solo librarian in the field of visual resources librarianship. I am based in an academic…

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