I am a confirmed bookworm! I have been ever since I was a small child. Throughout my life I spent the majority of my childhood and my adult life with my nose stuck between the pages of a wondrous book. When I first enrolled in college, I wanted to become a teacher because I loved children and I wanted to help them understand that reading is not only an adventure, but its magical, engaging and teaches you to imagine and dream. But as I began to watch the school systems unravel and as I began to realize that I would more or less be teaching my students to ‘pass the test’ I began to realize that I’d rather find another way to spark the love of reading in children’s lives. Ultimately, I finally realized what I really wanted to do was to impart in them my love of reading.
So I changed my major and began pursuing my passion … reading, writing and, most importantly, books. I became an English major and began trying to discover what I wanted to do with a degree in English. (Although, on a side note, I did not become an English Major in order to become an English Teacher, there are many jobs that are benefitted by an English degree). I spent the majority of about two years trying to figure out what I wanted to do my English degree, and funny enough I kinda stumble upon it in a discussion that we were having in my Faust Senior Seminar class. We we’re discussing KSU’s Masters in Professional Writing degree and my friend Natalie chimed in and asked the professor his thoughts regarding a Masters in Library Science. The lightbulb went off in my head and I slapped myself in the forehead. What a dolt I was! (It was definitely a Homer Simpson type of moment for me). Why had that never occurred to me before? I love books. I love the smell of the newly bound pages and the solid feel of holding those magical words in my hands. But that’s not all! Not only do I love the smell of newly published, hot of the press books, but I adore the smell of vintage, antique, old, musty smelling, out of print original books.
There is a great debate regarding which library was actually first established, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina or the Royal Library of Ashurbaniaipal. According to the founding director of the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Ismail Serageldin explains, “2300 years ago, Alexander the Great, Aristotle’s pupil, brought his dream of culture and conquest, of uniting the world and launching a new era to the timeless land of Egypt. Alexander selected the site for a new capital: Alexandria. His successors in Egypt, the Ptolemies, built Alexandria, and made it the intellectual capital of the world.” (http://bit.ly/1h58e3z) But according to The British Museum, “The oldest surviving royal library in the world is that of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria (668-around 630 BC). British Museum archaeologists discovered more than 30,000 cuneiform tablets and fragments at his capital, Nineveh (modern Kuyunjik). Alongside historical inscriptions, letters, administrative and legal texts, were found thousands of divinatory, magical, medical, literary and lexical texts. This treasure-house of learning has held unparalleled importance to the modern study of the ancient Near East ever since the first fragments were excavated in the 1850s.” (http://bit.ly/1lJChki)
For me, libraries are important places because they are palaces that house knowledge and learning. You can walk into a library and learn about numerous ideas, theories, inventions, foods, etc. But, libraries also offer a rich fertile soil for imagination to blossom and grow. Libraries offer people the ability to dream and it gives you the tools in which to make those dreams come true. That’s why I want to become a librarian one day. To me, a librarian is a superhero. Although they cannot leap tall buildings in single bounds, they can quickly point you to the fairy tale section of books or they can fly you to a far off land through a book recommendation. A librarian has the power to help the dreams come true of their patrons. It’s why I believe it’s such an important career and it’s also why I dream of becoming one some day.