Taking part in library champion project is a great experience for me. I meet more people, make new friends, and learn more about libraries. I think I benefit most from my experience of doing the work as a library champion.
The first thing I learned is that talking with strangers is not so difficult, yet making up my mind to say hello to them is hard. This month, I tried to reach out to strangers to talk about libraries, which turned out to be not so difficult as I had thought. When I told people that I was doing volunteering work for libraries, they were usually very friendly instead of being on guard; however, before I actually talked with strangers, I had to struggle inside and get up the courage to approach them, which is the most difficult part of the whole process. Thus, I come to the conclusion that when we try to reach a goal, the biggest barrier to overcome is probably we ourselves.
I also find out that social media is an excellent way to share information. http://vancouver.iask.ca/ is a website very popular among Chinese immigrants in Canada, and those who are still in China but planning to move to Canada as well. I myself learned a lot from other people’s posts about their own experiences in that website, so I wrote an article listing the ways how new immigrants can benefit from libraries and posted it on the forum of that website. To my surprise, within four days, three people said thank you to me and one person said my post was very useful. It feels so good to get positive responses from strangers.
My library champion experience helps me understand that the two keys to doing a good job is overcoming our own fears and choosing a good method to do it.