They say knowledge is power.
Nah. Knowledge is just data. A book on a shelf, an idea in your head – if you do nothing with it, knowledge is next to worthless. Data only has value when it’s passed along – disseminated – when it becomes information.
I’ve known this for as long as I can remember. As a very little girl I was compelled to communicate any information I gathered. Every speck, ever crumb of knowledge I gained I had to tell someone about. I had a child’s sponge-like mind so this was a very trying time for my mother.
Imagine my joy when I realised that people might pay me to do what came as naturally to me as breathing. I found my calling.
Then the internet burst into the world and people were confronted with more information than they could handle. Luckily, I found I also had a knack for wrangling these pesky herds of wild data. The dawn of the Information Age – oh, happy day!
It may seem odd (or perhaps a little sad) to say so, but I do believe I am a natural born Librarian.