By now, you’ve been inundated with Steve Jobs obits and magazine covers. I realize I’m adding to the proliferation of Apple idolatry, but really wanted to share this Stanford commencement speech with those of you who may not have seen it. Working in a college setting, I find Mr. Jobs’ oration timely and cogent.
To be honest, when I casually mentioned to a passing grad student in the library that I was sad about Steve Jobs recent and sudden passing, the student looked at me and said something to the effect that why should he be concerned about the death of another billionaire being lionized by the media. Well, I suppose this is true, but it’s not often that we encounter someone who pushed the bounds of creativity like Mr. Jobs. Yes, he got some lucky breaks. Yes, he was in the right place at the right time. But I’m not going to slight his relentless climb in the tech industry when he really revolutionized our world.
What does this have to do with libraries? Well, to the extent that human beings work here, his inspiring message packs a punch, imploring us to “not settle.” Exploring and creativity are one of the hallmarks of librarianship and traits those of us lucky enough to work in this field must employ.
Please take a moment to listen to these words. You’ll be glad you did.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
May you rest in peace, Mr. Jobs.