Librarians: Professional Imposters?

Librarians: Professional Imposters?

Featured image by Kate Ter Haar under a CC 2.0 license.

Taking the first step into a profession can be an unsettling experience to say the least. I should know as I am about to finish my MLIS, unfurl my diploma, and navigate the intimidating currents of the job search. Even as I write this post, I am pondering what my experience is going be like this afternoon as I walk into my first day of reference internship at a local academic library. Will I be equal to the task at hand? Will I somewhat resemble that of a real librarian—especially that of a scholarly nature?

At times, I feel as though I am Pinocchio — desperately wanting my best potential to be immediately realized. I pondered all my courses that I’ve taken and began to ask myself questions about the unique field of expertise do librarians offer in academia. Do we have one? Continue reading “Librarians: Professional Imposters?”