Despite his many visits to the Harold Washington Library in
downtown Chicago as a child, GSLIS student Damon McGhee didn’t really consider librarianship
as a possible career until his storytime days were well behind him.
“As a child, I aspired to be a doctor,” says McGhee, “I
thought the medical profession was the most important and prestigious among all
fields. In any case, I never thought that I would be a librarian.”
That all changed when he attended Northern Illinois
University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in history, where he met Lynne Thomas (MS
’99), curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois
University, and a recent Hugo...