Ann Glannon realized she has handled or purchased about 85% of the books in their collection since she was first hired at Wheelock College Library. Almost 30 years at an institution can produce some remarkable statistics! Throughout her time at this library, Ann has served as the Reserves Assistant, the Curriculum Resources Librarian, and even rose to be the Associate Director. Throughout these positions, her focus has been in public services, be it face-to-face interaction when leading instruction or fielding reference questions, or behind the scenes, working to develop the best collections and resources the library can offer.
However, Ann did not always see herself in the library science profession. For years, friends and colleagues remarked that she would make a good librarian, or that she already was a librarian at heart, but Ann danced around this professional possibility. When Ann completed an interest and talent survey, the careers she was paired with were artist, musician, and librarian. Even then, she wasn’t sure that career would be a good fit. She spent some time trying out a couple varied jobs before she finally pursued this librarian idea for herself, choosing to volunteer at a hospital library. Something about the work made sense to Ann, and shortly thereafter she applied for a position at the Wheelock library, where she has worked ever since.
Ann considers it lucky that she ended up in a professional community that has offered offered her support, encouragement, and the space to grow and make her own contributions. Her advice to those just beginning their careers is to “make the most of what turns up.” You don’t always know where a career path will lead. Remember to act with “integrity and generosity,” especially in the close-knit community of Boston librarians; someone may very well remember or recommend you for a new opportunity. This strategy has served Ann well over the years and continues to keep her positive and inspired today while she serves as Wheelock College Library’s Interim Director.