This first semester of my MLIS studies has been transformative. I was, admittedly, unsure about my opportunities and potential to succeed in this profession. Now, after exploring job opportunities, researching issues, discussing trends and debating solutions with classmates, and learning to use new technologies, I’m feeling more at home in this field than I ever felt in my other pursuits. The deep interest I have in contributing to the field of LIS has imbued my decisions and actions with a sense of direction so much stronger than any I’ve felt before – it’s almost confounding to think about. But it’s a good, good thing!
I think that, aside from all the practical stuff my classmates and I have learned, one of the biggest things I’m taking away from the semester is motivation to learn, learn, learn. Not just because that’s what I’m supposed to do in graduate school, and not just because continuing education is important for librarians. Rather, the readings, discussions, debates, sharing of ideas, etc. have all been interconnected in intricate ways – within the LIS discipline, but also inseparably intertwined with society, politics, government… you get the idea. The stuff I’ve been learning in classes is so relevant to the driving forces of society that it’s impossible not to be motivated to learn and do more.
The resources I’ve discovered over the semester have also helped shape my thoughts on the profession. Journals, associations, conferences, classes, presentations – so much support and research speaks to the seriousness and importance of LIS in society. Not only are these resources educational, many of them offer professional guidance or career building opportunities as well as recognition of excellence.
All of this contributes to a sense of enthusiasm on my part that only continues to grow. Maybe I’m a little too elated for my own good. But my experiences over the course of the last fifteen weeks have confirmed, if nothing else, that the decision to pursue this career was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.