Passing the torch

by Susan deMaine

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~A.A. Milne

Dear readers,

Serving as editor of the RIPS Law Librarian Blog for the past two years has been both an honor and an opportunity for me to deepen my understanding of law librarians and our profession. I am leaving the editorship with a great appreciation for how caring, creative, and hard working law librarians are. We are dedicated to our students, our faculty, our attorneys, our public, and our colleagues, and we care very much about the future of our legal system.

I am excited about our future. Every day, we create, facilitate, and direct the flow of knowledge throughout the legal profession. Our jobs continually reach out into other areas as well, affecting business, education, health care, government, science…the list just goes on. Is it overwhelming as we try to manage everything? Sure. Is it exhilarating? Yes, that too.

I am struck by David Lankes oft-quoted words, “I have long contended that a room full of books is simply a closet but that an empty room with a librarian in it is a library.” Atlas of New Librarianship, at 16. This idea thrills and inspires me. The heart of a librarian’s work is more that just curation; it is creation. We create libraries through our actions, our mindful choices, our conversations, our guidance, our teaching, our analysis of knowledge and facilitation of its flow.

Thank you all for the opportunity to serve as the editor of this blog and to learn so much, not about working in a law library, but about creating a law library with my work. The blog is in excellent hands with Jamie Baker as the new editor, and I am looking forward to seeing what she creates.

Susan deMaine

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