For a freshman, fearful of pink slips, confronted with Dr. Cerf and Dr. Arragon's assignments, there was only one place to go-the Reed library. Little did I realize then that libraries were to be forever after an important part of my world. The Mult-nomah County Library System was my first employer and Nell Unger my first boss. It was the beginning of a career that included the Library of Congress and the National Bureau of Standards Library. It has led to a retirement community where a neighbor, Fred Kilgour, a well-known pioneer in library automation, is at work on articles about the library world for the Encyclopedia Britannica, qq.v.
Elizabeth Tate '39
By the time I was a senior, I was practically living in the library. My thesis desk was in the basement near a small lounge area. In the lounge there was the "evil black couch." It was evil because within 15 minutes of sitting down to study, I would fall asleep. It was my favorite place for taking quick naps between classes and thesis writing.
I don't know if the long hours I spent studying in the library had anything to do with my chosen profession. I do know that working in the Reed library was a great way to start a career. My six years there provided a solid foundation in the understanding of what a library is and how it serves its community. In addition to the master's degree, a liberal arts education is the best preparation for a librarian. A Reed education takes it even one step further with the thesis experience. A broad-based education, an understanding of the research process, and the ability to seek out infor-mation are essential qualities that a good reference librarian must possess.
Liisa Sjoblom '85