Every person who has thrown a pebble into a puddle knows what happens. A series of rings radiates from the spot where the stone landed. The distance they travel is determined by a variety of factors but one truth remains. If the puddle receives no pebble, there will be no ripples.
My first school librarian position was in an intermediate school serving grades seven through nine in a new building with an educational community that had never worked with a certified librarian. The school library was on the second floor in the center with four sets of windows looking out on a hallway running around the perimeter. On the other side of the hallway were groups of classrooms. Clearly the architect and the planning committee realized the importance of this learning center in serving the students and staff. This was a perfect opportunity to be a pebble. Although the physical structure of the libraries over the course of my tenure as a teacher librarian have changed in location, this initial position created a vision I have continued to carry with me.