In LIS 7250 (Programming for Children and Young Adults), course instructor Sue Todd asked the following question: “How can a librarian make a name for herself/himself professionally?”

My response: “Beyond being creative and innovative, which are quite obvious, I think a librarian needs to be approachable. If someone has great ideas, but they dislike working with people (and/or others find them difficult to be around), than those creative ideas won’t go very far. As the Amish say, ‘take a lesson from the dog — wag your tail instead of your tongue.'”