When I decided to apply for graduate school, everyone wanted to know what I would be studying. I would sometimes feel embarrased by the reactions when I said library and information science. Most people define the library by the function. Even I have fallen to that fault. But after Dave Lankes’s motivating lecture about the history of librarianship and the importance of the librarian I am proud to say, “My name is Margaret Portier and I want to become a Librarian.”
Now I can explain why being a librarian is so awesome. It doesn’t just mean I like books, have cats, and wear ugly cardigans. It means I will improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in my community.