It is not for the glory, Heaven knows, or the money. While I make enough to live comfortably on as a librarian, I am not rolling in the dough. And when I teach on top of that, I get paid, by my rough math, about 3-4 dollars per hour when you factor in preparation, grading, and class time.
No, I teach because I believe that knowledge and learning can save the world one day at a time. I teach, because knowing how to use a comma may be what gets my students their next job or promotion. I teach because learning how to learn means that my student today can teach themselves in the future. I teach because I open up worlds that my students didn't know existed.
I teach Developmental Writing, and how to do research. These alone will not give us the next cure for cancer or great piece of art. But my students know how to cite research and how to find it. They can write their thoughts clearly and coherently so that others will take their ideas seriously. I teach them to ask for help. I teach them what they don't know. Every morning I announce to the world, "I am going to save the world with library science and proper commas." I love my job, for all the hard work and long hours and extra time I put into it. And I believe I'm saving the world.
You are too.
You are too.
--Librarian Dancing with Citations