My name is Laura, and I will be working as the Children’s Services Intern this year. My background is in education and I have never worked in a library before, so I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from such a vibrant and dynamic one. My first few days as an intern reminded me of taking my son to his first day of third grade last week. As I walked him into the classroom, I could tell from the look on his face that he was a little overwhelmed by the new space, the new teacher, and the new faces he saw. But it only lasted a moment–as soon as he found that his desk was near a good friend he looked at me and said, “This is going to be great!”. Reflecting on my orientation days, I can relate to the feeling of being a little overwhelmed, but also tremendously excited about the opportunity that this experience provides. It was great to meet and get to know the other interns and learn about their backgrounds and aspirations. I am really looking forward to hearing about their experiences throughout the year. Additionally, listening to staff in various departments talk about the work they do was inspiring and motivating. Their enthusiasm for the library is truly contagious.
One of the things I most appreciated from the orientation and that I am looking forward to participating in is the culture of collaboration and learning that is fostered at the library. Through the opportunities that are presented to listen to and dialogue with patrons, other organizations in the community, and colleagues we will have the opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas and figure out ways to meet the needs that are expressed. I love the fact that libraries are not stagnant institutions, but are continually evaluating and refining services, collections and even library spaces to best serve the community. I am excited to be a part of it. This is going to be a great year!