Having spent most of my life in New England, always close to the hubbub of city life and the newest technologies, I find rural life to be a strange and different adventure.These are my thoughts on libraries and my chosen career. I also love gymnastics.
- Gatekeepers - we should try to say ‘yes’ if possible
- Unaware - we have to understand and adapt to patron demands
- No technology skills
- Library speak
- Anti-Google, anti-Wikipedia, anti-Amazon
(being anti-Adobe is totally fine)
- non-teen friendly
Oh, I absolutely agree! We should be friendly and caring with our patrons at all times. They remember the experience and that translates to return visits and supporting us at budget time or even making them donors to our fundraisers. If our libraries have bad reputations, we have only ourselves to blame.
This is your approaching-cold weather reminder that yarn bombing your neighborhood causes litter, can be troublesome for wildlife, and often under-payed municipal workers are forced to clean it up.
If you have that much yarn to use on things you’re not keeping or selling, use it to make scarves, hats, mittens, socks, etc. to donate to local people in need.
Had a patron come in today who has absolutely no understanding of how to use the computer. He needed to access the e-mail his daughter set up so he could print a boarding pass to go see her on the train.
The guy was probably about my father’s age, work boots and a beat up old…
This is what the job is all about.
Meredith Schwartz’s “How To Be a 21st Century Librarian,” from Library Journal. A fantastic, digestible overview of the profession and absolute required reading for those researching MLS/MLIS programs.
It reminds me that I need to write my “Why I Didn’t Go to Library School” post.
this is why i DID (and DO) want to be a librarian!
This is what makes libraries awesome and great librarians embrace this and make the best of it!
This is also true for people applying for paraprofessional library jobs. Whenever I interview a candidate who wants to work in a library because of a love of books, I sigh inwardly. I love books, too, but I only have time to read at home in bed. Working in a library requires adaptability, a certain degree of enthusiasm for new technologies, and a willingness to work with multiple kinds of people.
Sometimes I need to remind myself that it’s okay not to be a rockstar. Really. It’s OKAY. Everything takes time….
And if you succeed in being the kind of librarian you would want to work with and the librarian your patrons will adore, you will have become a rockstar in your own right!
Sometimes as librarians we know our patrons’ regular schedules better than their own families. When one of our patrons failed to show up on schedule earlier this week, we noticed and were concerned. Sadly, he had passed away over the weekend, but we were the first to notice and call the authorities to check on him. In a small town public library we get to experience the delight of watching children experience the world with new eyes, the aggravation of politicians using the public library as their pawn, the friendship of truly wonderful people, and the sadness of discovering that we are among the few who take notice of some of our patrons’ lives. It’s important to remember that we serve our communities in so many more ways than we immediately see. A few minutes of caring can literally affect a family’s life.