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What does "Service" in the Information Professions mean to me...
To me, service is something that has to be a top priority for information professionals. Our profession as a whole is very customer service driven and, as we continue to move toward a model of patron driven acqusition for collections, and strive to continually improve our interactions with library patrons.
One of my favorite quotes, and one I often use to console myself when I doubt this profession, comes from the author Neil Gaiman. Gaiman said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” With every ounce of my professional being, I hope that I can not only provide my patrons with the right answer, but also be “a light to [them] in dark places,when all other lights go out (Tolkien, 1954, p. 376)” especially when seeking new knowledge and expanding their horizons.