Phoenix rising from the ashes
A phoenix is a magical bird that lived 500 years, and then spontaneously burst into flames. Once it burned up, it came back to life magically from its own ashes.
Library professionals have a phoenix like nature in that we are constantly reinventing ourselves to respond to the ever-increasing needs and demands from our roles.
The phoenix represents renewal, rebirth and the beginning of a new life. The rising of the phoenix symbolizes that a person has gone through difficult times, but has resurrected and survived.
Library professionals are like locksmiths in that they "unlock' information and knowledge for their clients by developing the rights 'keys'.
Before the beginning of the 20th century, the only means of obtaining pearls was by manually gathering very large numbers of pearl oysters or mussels from the ocean floor or lake or river bottom.In order to find enough pearl oysters, free-divers were often forced to descend to depths of over 100 feet on a single breath, exposing them to many dangers. Today, pearl diving has largely been supplanted by cultured pearl farms, which use a process widely popularized and promoted by Japanese entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto. Particles implanted in the oyster encourage the formation of pearls, and allow for more predictable production. Today's pearl industry produces billions of pearls every year. Ama divers still work, primarily now for the tourist industry.
A weed in the pavement
Any library professional who suffers form 'flat forehead syndrome' realises that two traits that are essential in their advocacy arsenal are grit and tenacity. Just like the flowers and weeds that push their way through pavements and roads we are constantly fighting to remain legitimate and valued in a society in which ever increasingly 'Google is God'.
Beaver dams are built by beavers to provide ponds as protection against predators and to provide easy access to food during winter. These structures modify the natural environment in such a way that the overall ecosystem builds upon the change, making beavers a keystone species.
What appears on the surface is only a small part of what is actually happening.
Explorer and adventurer