Though I did not set out as a young man to be a librarian, I have now spent a third of a century engaged in that profession. Over the course of my career I have been employed as a librarian by four institutions. Three of them were small, comparatively independent institutions populated by communities of scholars directly engaged in the study of antiquity and the fourth, where I now work, is a large research university. While quite different from one another in many ways, a central component of my own responsibility in each has been collection development and specialized reference service to local and distant scholars and students engaged in the advanced study of antiquity. It was not until I undertook my current position that I had any substantial engagement with undergraduate students, or worked in a large team of librarians representing specializations and disciplines spanning the full spectrum of...

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