Norma Rubio KR14

Submitted by ginamacaluso on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:24

In the Summer of 2015 I decided to enroll in LIS 504: Introduction to Library and Information Science. I was incredibly nervous since it meant more essays, readings, lectures and so on. I felt like I was setting myself up for what would seem like endless of hours of work. Well, I was correct; getting a master’s degree has meant putting hours of work into it. However, it is not the dreaded experience I imagined; I enjoy working towards my degree. I especially enjoy learning the theories, structures and suggestions while simultaneously seeing it in practice at the libraries that I work and/or volunteer for. I see the work behind the fun rhymes, songs, puppets, books and music chosen for storytime. I understand why summer reading is extremely important (beyond the fact that literacy is crucial for development). I know why it is important to incorporate teens when deciding what programs to do for them.  These details are the reason the general public appreciates information professionals. We take the time to understand the community in order to deliver the resources that will benefit them. As a volunteer at the History Room in the San Leandro Library of California, I have come to appreciate the importance of resources.  Patrons enjoy having access to their past as well as the past of their community. I have been able to deliver excellent customer service and contribute great ideas to the Oakland Public Library and San Leandro Public Library because I have been able to apply the theories taught to us.