“We move through places every day that would never have been if not for those who came before us. Our workplaces, where we spend so much time–we often think they began with our arrival. That’s not true.”
– Mitch Albom
I love to think that we are part of a continuum of library service. Librarians of the past performed their very best for the era in which they worked, and then handed off those libraries to the next generation. And our job now is to steward this vital public service, to the very best of our abilities, to ensure the best possible future for libraries. This notion of being part of something evolutionary provides an added sense of purpose and meaning to our work.
And so it was with pleasure that I witnessed two retired BC librarians, both friends and mentors, Nancy Hannum and Percilla Groves, being honoured at the 20th anniversary of GovInfo Day on April 20, 2018. Nancy and Perce were zealous and tireless in their efforts to provide free public access to government information. It was so great to hear them speak about those days, and link their work to today’s context.