Are We Hiding?
by Roz Warren
worked behind the circulation desk of my local
public library for 15 years and I love my job.
But that job has gone through plenty of changes. When
I began, library work was all about the books.
These days, while our patrons still check out
books, they also come in to use our computers,
borrow DVDs and audio books, and learn how to
download content onto a staggering
variety of electronic devices.
staffing is being cut, and the public encouraged
to use our automatic check out system, and to pay
their fines and renew their material online.
librarians still relevant? Useful? What does
being a 21st century librarian mean, really? Who
exactly are we? And how does the world see us? I
decided to perform a quick Google search and find
I typed in the
phrase Librarians are
how Googles auto-fill completed the thought:
the war on ignorance
Heroes every day.
Am I a novel
lover? Absolutely. Hot? Id like to think so.
A hero every day? Well, I do feel a little heroic
whenever I am able to intuit where a book that a
patron is desperate to read has been mis-shelved,
and deliver it safely into her hands.
that I didnt yet have the complete picture,
I decided to fine tune my results by running a
few more librarian-related questions through my
favorite search engines. (Yes, Ive got
favorite search engines. How librarial is that?)
it was all of the above.)
A librarian is
A trained information specialist.
Coming to dinner.
Rule the internet.
Know how to spell.
Help the community?
Save the world.
Buy me love.
Help falling in love.
Love their jobs?
Make more money than teachers?
Make less money than garbage collectors?
Know about math.
Know about MOOCs..
Help struggling readers.
Change the world.
Work from home.
Sadly, when I
typed in: Your librarian
only result I got was:
turns out, is the name of one disgruntled
Die. They just check out.
So what can we
conclude? We librarians are awesome. We can help
struggling readers. We can have tattoos. We cant
help falling in love. But we can (still) help
change the world.
Is any of this
accurate? Who knows? If you want to talk about it,
youll find me behind the circulation desk
at the Bala Cynwyd Library.
at the tattoo parlor.
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