I wrote this during graduation week at the University where I still worked part time at the time, and that’s a time of year I have always loved. The expectation, the joy of the families, the relief that the hard work is over. And during the past couple of years there’s been the added pleasure of knowing that some of the people whose dissertations and theses I’ve proof-read are among those happy bands of people throwing their hats into the air on the library steps at my University and at various campuses around the country.
It’s not just the students, either. OK, I also had a lovely email from a client whose English I’ve been helping throughout her Master’s year. She’s nearly finished her dissertation, it isn’t half bad, her written English has improved hugely as she’s worked hard through the year, and I’m proud of what she’s achieved – and she appreciates the care I’ve put into my work with her.
But I’m also proud of the novelists who get their precious words in print, whether in a “tree book” or electronically. I enjoy working with people who struggle with their writing, whether English isn’t their first language or they face issues like dyslexia, and bringing their words and meaning to life with them. And I’m always excited to see my name on an acknowledgements page in a book! I get a real thrill from opening a favourite magazine and seeing a journalist’s article which they’ve created from the bare bones of an interview I’ve transcribed for them – but I’m also pleased when I help someone with a transcription that is never going to see the light of day anywhere but in a research paper.
I get pleasure from seeing my corporate clients grow their businesses with the help of blogs and press releases I have written. They are so proud of the work they do, and I love the fact that I can fill in some of the areas in which they might not be so confident. I don’t think I’ll stop being pleased when I see the words I’ve written filling someone else’s website, helping them climb up the search engine rankings and representing their voice as well as I can – even though there won’t be a credit to me on the website and sometimes I don’t even tell anyone I’ve written it!
I also love helping other entrepreneurs and organisations, both formally through helping out at the Social Media Surgeries and more informally at Entrepreneurs’ meetings in coffee shops and the Social Media Cafe every month. It’s great meeting other people with such enthusiasm and drive, and wonderful to share ideas, tips and hints, in a spirit of collaboration rather than competition. As part of that, I’m really enjoying putting together the interviews I’ve been posting on Saturdays for the past few weeks.
I became a librarian because I wanted to help people and benefit society in some way. As I transition away from my library career and more and more into Libro’s world, I am happy to say that I feel I’m helping people and benefiting them and, yes, society, perhaps more than in my library work. Libro turns two in August, and I will continue to work in a way that I feel is both comfortable (most of the time – a few challenges along the way make it more fun!) and ethical, and, well … I love doing what I do!