Activist Librarian Tells Graduates To Tell Their Own Stories: Jessamyn West at Graduation

Jessamyn West (right) with graduating student Braja Smith

Jessamyn West may not be a household name, she’s one of the most famous librarians in America, and she doesn’t even work in a library. Instead, she works from home and on the road, advocating for how to gap the digital divide in talks, consulting, workshops, and through her new book, Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide, recently published by Libraries Unlimited.

Speaking to our fall 2011 graduates, she advised them to take a nap (to catch up on rest) and then consider carefully how to have an impact, live their vision and not compromise who they are:

Choose wisely. I could wish you luck, but you won’t need it. Pace yourselves. Remember that everything in our lives is part of it. Tell your own story and make sure it’s a good one, don’t worry so much about keeping it short.

Read her whole speech here.

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