Today I had another physical therapy session. My therapist was young–early twenties–and not quite a physical therapist. I believe he was in training.
He was pleasant, and he made small talk as he was helping me through the exercises. Our conversation went something like this:
PT: So, what do you do?
Me: I’m a cataloger at the Library System of Lancaster County
PT: Oh, cool. How did you get that job?
Me: Well, I was working part time at Franklin & Marshall College, and I needed a full-time job, and this one came up.
PT: Did you like working at F & M?
Me: Yes. I loved it.
PT: What did you do before that?
Me: Well, I stayed home with my kids for 13 years.
PT: And before that?
Me: I was a paralegal.
PT: So how did you go from being a paralegal to working in libraries?
Me: I didn’t want to go back into law, so when I returned to the work force I took a job that sounded interesting. I soon realized that I was going to be in the same boat as when I was a paralegal–not quite “there.”
PT: What do you mean?
Me: I needed more education in order to advance.
PT: So you got your masters in library science?
Me: (Surprised that he knew the name of the degree) Yes. Yes I did.
PT: Cool. Aren’t libraries a lot about technology and information retrieval and access more than anything else?
Me: (Almost falling off the table). Why, yes. Yes they are. I’m kind of surprised to hear you say that, though.
Me: Well, you’d be surprised how many people still envision the old lady with the bun shushing everyone as the dust flies off the books.
PT: (Laughing out loud). Ha! Well, isn’t that like from 30 years ago or something?
Me: (Once again shocked into disbelief). Why, yes. Yes it is.
PT: So, I would think that many businesses could use information specialists today.
Me: You would think so, yes.
PT: Because there’s so much information out there it would be nice to have someone who can organize it and analyze it and make it understandable.
Me: I really, really like the way you think.
I got a two-for-one: therapy for my leg and therapy for my ego.
All in all, a good day.