As I sat in our district meeting recently it was brought to our attention that there had been complaints about librarians unwilling to help. I contemplated the scenario where one would come right out and say, "No, I will not help you." But do we really have to use the word "no"? Can our actions, facial expressions, body language say no? As a librarian I took an oath to help my learning community. Can the problem be a perception rather than my fellow librarians denying the services so needed? When I began my career the perception was that we stayed in the library stamped books and read all day. It was far from the truth but I realized that I alone MUST change this misconstrued perception of my role as a librarian. I challenge everyone to eliminate any negative perceptions that my be lurking in the school or district. Be a positive role model willing to help even when overwhelmed with tasks and responsibilities. As many may know, unwanted perceptions can be devastating to the profession. Smile and use NO sparingly.