I knew I was going to be a librarian since 2nd grade when my mom, who was a volunteer at my elementary school in Brooklyn, harangued the principal about why the school library was closed. “Well, Rose”, she said, “open it.” And so we did. I spent hours with her during the summer un-mothballing the one-room library. When school started in September, I became her only ‘paid’ assistant (a weekly treat from the school store). There was never a doubt in my mind that this was what I was meant to do with my life.
Fast forward 13 years to when I graduated Shippensburg University with a degree in school librarianship and secondary English education and became the first female teacher in an all-male high school. It was quite the experience and two of the school’s worst troublemakers were, hands-down, my best library aides. (“Hey, Ms. S, you want us to get you those overdue fines?” “No, no! I’ll take care of it…”)
After five years, I took a job as a cataloger in a public library and changed my PSLA (PA School Librarians Association) membership for a PaLA membership (although it was PLA back then). My years in PaLA served me well as I moved along in my career from cataloger to Technical Services Manager to System Administrator and now, to District Consultant for Bucks County. I served on committees for SEPLA and attended workshops and conferences which strengthened my job skills and taught me to network. I’m proud to have been asked to serve on state-level committees and give back to an association that has helped me so much professionally AND given me a cadre of friends who actually understand what I’m talking about when I feel the need to grump about RDA or celebrate getting a sticky piece of ILS coding to cooperate. PaLA members don’t roll their eyes at these stories as much as my husband and children do…
Thank you, PaLA!!!