Student Voices Column, edited by Clara Sitter
I had the opportunity to complete my MLIS practicum at the National Library in Buenos Aires. This once in a lifetime opportunity helped me grow in my career. My goal was to understand how a Latin American library operated, and I wanted to understand the expectations and differences that patrons new to our country experience when they come to a library in the United States. Luckily, the National Library in Buenos Aires, Argentina welcomed me and provided me with all the tools necessary to complete my goal.
Like a good library student, I made sure that my first sightseeing destination on a recent trip to Boston was the famed public library, with its marble lions and museum-worthy artwork. As the site of the Freedom Trail that takes walkers past numerous historic sites dating back to the American Revolution, Boston is an appropriate home for the first “free to all” public library.