In a recent fun article on CNN, librarians were given the okay! We know what we can do, but often people think we’re volunteers or that our systems and ideas are old-fashioned or downright antiquated. Exactly the opposite! Librarians are tech savvy, we’re knowledgeable about the world we live in and yes, we’re absolutely fun people on top of it!
At our own small library, we have five very different people who work behind the desk, each with their own skill set and attitude. Janet will always remember your name, your children’s names and even the name of your pet (she’s got an incredible memory for books, too!). Shirley is Queen of Genealogy and really knows her historical information (ask her about Ireland!). Judi is the expert on all things mystery related and will talk with you about baseball or hockey any day (just don’t knock her favourite team!). Sheila is the really sweet one, the one with the smile for everyone ( and she has an unbelievable knowledge of children’s books!). I’m the one that most often people come to for a computer problem (I’ll try to help, if I can), just don’t ask me about anything sports related or you might get a blank stare!
There are fascinating facts in the CNN article, including librarian heroes, librarians in the movies and even librarians who are famous. Of course, this article is based on American info, but the ideas still relate to Canadian libraries and librarians. So the next time you come to the library, keep in mind that we’re here to help….and we love what we do, so don’t be afraid to ask us a few questions!