I went to school on an Air Force scholarship; I come from a long line of Air Force personnel (back to when it was the Army Air Corps), and my father (an NCO his entire career) was proud that I'd be taking the next step into officerhood. One of the most important things he ever told me, that I have carried through my medical discharge and into this whole new life, is to "always listen to your noncoms" - basically, you may have the bars, but they've got the knowledge, so shut up and learn from them.
The same thing applies in the library world - you may have the degree, but the paraprofessionals have the nitty-gritty knowledge. I rant and rave about this to my mother (who really doesn't need it, she lives it) and a few other library friends, but I don't think I've ever summed it all up as well as Adrienne Strock did on Nextgen (posted here with her permission):
- Don't act like you deserve to be working there just because you have a degree.
- Don't act like you deserve to be working there more than them because you're degreed and they are not.
- Respect the knowledge and skills that come from experience, not the degree.
- Realize that no job in the library is beneath you. Just because you have a degree does not mean that you're automatically exempt from certain tasks.
- Have a question about the library or its operations? Ask one of the paraprofessionals.
Currently 85° with a wind advisory. Yay, it's our own personal sand-blaster.