10+ Library School Lessons

Melissa Mallon recently listed 7 specific lessons she learned in library school on ACRL’s blog. You can read the full details in her post, but, in brief, the 7 lessons are:

  1. The Importance of Continuing Education
  2. Why We Should Pay Attention to the Environment
  3. How to Collaborate with Faculty
  4. How to Give a Good Presentation
  5. The Infamous Reference Interview
  6. Networking, Networking, Networking
  7. Taking Baby Steps in Publishing

A couple of days later, a different blogger added a few more items to this list on his own blog:

  1. Understand the Importance of Self-Promotion and Marketing Your Value to Libraries
  2. Be Aware of New Technology and Ways to Expand Your Library Services
  3. Recognize the Value of Professional Organizations and Local Networks

So, residents, what did you learn that isn’t on this list?  What are you glad you learned in library school?  I’ll start, but please join in…

  1. The value of two words: main entry.
  2. Suede elbow patches will always be fashionable.
  3. Creative thinking is as valuable as productive thinking.
  4. Overcrowded collections hide the gems.
  5. Friendships make graduate education worthwhile.

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