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MAY 2022

THERESE DISCUSSES HOW SHE GOT INTO LAW LIBRARIANSHIP & HERT FAVORITE AALL BENEFIT

Therese A. Arado is the deputy director/professor of the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library at Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, Illinois.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO LAW LIBRARIANSHIP?

While in law school I worked part-time in the library at my institution. It was a way to earn money and not have to travel elsewhere to work. I was able to work in between classes. When I finished and took the bar I was still working there and was offered a full-time position as there was an upcoming opening. I initially said no as I had just gotten my JD and thought I should go into practice. As I interviewed for positions I decided I enjoyed my work at the library and was not excited about the practice of law. I realized that the path I was on and thought was the right one, was not. I went back to the director who offered me the position and asked if it was still available. Thankfully it was, and I accepted it and have been in the profession for nearly 30 years. I tell my student’s every year the story of how I fell into this profession. I use it as an example of exploring and embracing opportunities that may be outside your plan or comfort zone.

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