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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Librarians are always seeking to improve their image in the public's mind. We like what we do and are just looking for a tiny bit of respect. Our basic message is "It's okay to be a librarian. Really."

With a nod to David Letterman's popular lists, the American Libraries' website has published library media specialist Martha Spear's top 10 reasons to be a librarian:

10 - Ever changing and renewing [Yes! That's certainly been my experience.]
9 - Romance [Blushing. Yes, some people actually find us attractive.]
8 - Useful skills [I have a magnet on my fridge that says "When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian."]
7 - Great conferences [I'm looking forward to attending my first one this summer. I'll have to let you know.]
6 - Time off [It's great to go home and actually read a book. No, that's not what I get paid to do at the library.]
5 - A job with scope [It would be great if all our patrons used mouthwash... but I think she means a job that reaches beyond learning the routine daily duties to improving one's own knowledge and experience of life through exposure to (gasp!) books.]
4 - It pays the rent [At least she's honest. Very few of us get rich working at the library.]
3 - Good working conditions [I get to sit down on the job.]
2 - Cool coworkers [Web Goddess - need I say more?]
1 - Grand purpose [We support your free access to information even if we personally disagree with your reading choices.]


kym said... don't get paid to read all day? Can you at least take out as many books as you want, no limit?

Okay, okay. Librarians rock!!

:-) Kym

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Yes, librarianship has its privileges.

kym said...

It certainly does.

Darn, all those free books at your discretion. I'm totally jealous.