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Two years ago, I started to tell the true stories of one small middle-aged Reference librarian, sheltered safely somewhere in a Midwestern public library. Soon after, much to my surprise, and thanks most to Michael Stephens of Tame the Web, making himself his own rising star, the Midwest had reached to libraries literally around the world.
I can’t thank you all enough for reading. Everyone has a story to tell. But I actually get the satisfaction of knowing I am heard. You tell me I add something to your day. You tell me that I encourage you, help you go on, take that next step, keep trying for excellence in helping others.
Some people think anonymous blogging is lame. It’s the only way I know how to protect myself, my library and the poor patrons whose stories I tell here. But I am telling you now, there is nothing anonymous about this to me. That’s why I’m reading this one, to emphasize that I have a voice, I have a body, I am an individual person. This is me, sharing my personal experiences, receiving your feedback. There is nothing anonymous about walking through this life knowing that
I – me, this little person in this little life –
I – am the Feel-good Librarian.
You have changed the way I feel about myself in the world, knowing I am heard, feeling I am making a contribution not only to my patrons’ lives, but to librarians, people I respect and am proud to be one of, and to a career that I have loved since my first memories of a library at six years old. Through the cancer, your good thoughts and prayers lifted me up.
All I want to do is pass that feeling on.
Recently, the blog passed 100,000 hits. All I have to say is thanks. Thank you, Michael. To everyone – everyone who has read, everyone who has linked, everyone who has commented, lurked and come back for more: Thanks. A hundred thousand thanks for the excellent ride.
That, and this: go forth and feel good, librarians. And pass it on.