I love libraries and have since I was a child. As a child, libraries were a retreat from the real world, a place where I could fantasize about who I might become and what the world around me could be.
As an adult, I have come to realize that libraries have a unique purpose, some part of which is to serve the little girl I was and the adult I have become. In order for libraries to thrive, we must be very clear about our mission. We must innovate in ways that further our mission and serve the needs of our communities. Librarians and publishers must be willing to tell our communities about the scholarly communications ecosystem in a way that helps them understand why libraries should be well funded and to help libraries remain an integral part of furthering scholarship. In addition, for any library to succeed and thrive, the staff must be involved and well trained. Professional development is an area I have been passionate about since I was a library manager and while I now work for a publisher, I continue to present at library conferences and via webinars on topics that help further professional development.