In my grandparents’ house, there is still a small bookcase that contains a dozen or so children’s books. In the back of each of those books is a pocket and sign-out card that I created and used to check out One Fish, Two Fish and Caps for Sale to my brother or grandfather before Papa would read to us. It seems that I chose my profession early.
Twenty-fiveish years later, I’m a librarian, which may have been inevitable! As an academic, I don’t automatically experience connection and idea-sharing with other librarians at district meetings, etc. PaLA has been invaluable in connecting me with the regional librarians beyond my own university.
I’ve learned so much from my attendance and participation in our local group (go, Southwest Chapter!) and at the state level. My classroom teaching, liaison responsibilities, committee roles, technical abilities, organizational skills, and more have all improved as a result of my participation in PaLA over the last eight years, well repaying the investment that I and my university have made in the organization.
By the way, my last name is pronounced just like the word. I’m literally a clever librarian.