A WOW moment
I am writing my first Blog today and I am so excited!!
You would think that is not a big deal. Even kids and teens do blogging, text messaging and all that stuff these days. You are right, except, I am writing it on behalf of my library and my mind brings me many flashbacks from my almost 40 years of working for the libraries.
1970s – I am a library assistant in acquisitions, my first library job in a university library in India. We use 5 page slips layered with a piece of carbon between each layer. We file them in author, title, subject sequence and so on. I better wash my black and blue hands real good J
1990 – I am working at the Apple Computers Library, my first library job in this country. Another WOW moment! I am amazed that I can serve a patron in Australia and Canada by sending them an article in an attachment.
2005 – I give a tour of the library to my teenage grandson. He asks “Why does the library not have SELF CHECK-IN machines?” I hoped we will have them someday. I am glad to note that now we are in the process of having them now.
2010 – I am using www.worldcat.org to find a record for a donated book in a community language. I find it in two university library catalogs in Germany. It is another WOW moment for me. Not only I can use the record if I needed, it also confirms my thought that the book is more suited for an academic than public library.
I remember the days when our Alameda County library had only four Internet terminals. Many people waited outside the library before we opened the doors for the day. They would run to the 2nd floor to be the first one to use it. Today, we have thirty-five terminals for public use plus WiFI access, but the number of patron waiting for us to open has not gone down. Only the list of reasons for their library visit has widened.
So, now you know why I am so excited to be writing my first blog for the library. Because my institution has come such a long way in offering the resources and services and I have benefited along the way being able to enhance my learning abilities in order to serve our customers.