The Librarian #1
"We are not mere cart pushers. This job requires a Masters degree for a reason."
People have made an extremely strong link between librarians, libraries and books. This is only natural, but it really sells short the full value of libraries and the full scope of librarian work. Libraries offer so much more than moldy old books. There's also music, movies, tv shows, video games, and electronic databases that span a whole galaxy of scholarly and practical information unavailable to any level of googling. Additionally, libraries offer free internet access that is utterly vital in many poor and rural communities. As government services migrate online, good citizenship almost requires an internet connection. Libraries also provide a free space for local groups and communities and have been at the forefront of job search training and computer instruction. Coordinating all of this are the humble librarians. We are not mere cart pushers, let me assure you. This job requires a Masters degree for a reason.
The Librarian #2
"I am an aggregator, a citation machine, a curator, a specialist."
"Even within the library profession my job is very under-appreciated."
I'm a cataloger, and even within the library profession my job is very underappreciated. Many people don't realize that you need a Master's degree for many library positions, or don't quite understand why. Within the library world, many people don't really seem to get that cataloging is not something you can just dump on someone who hasn't been trained or taken classes. Cataloging is not a simple job! For one thing, there's a 3" binder on my desk full of rules for cataloging different items that a library might own (and there's many items that aren't covered by the rules because they didn't exist!) Right now is a transition time for catalogers as we work on a whole new set of rules that will help us get ready for the future - because the days of patrons coming into the library to look at little index cards to find a book are long gone. In the course of my Master's degree (which I am nearing completion of), I've taken 4 cataloging courses and I still feel like there's a ton I haven't learned yet. It makes me sad to see people thinking that cataloging work can be handed off to untrained paraprofessionals with no guidance. Our catalog records are suffering, it makes more work for me, and it makes it harder for patrons and reference librarians alike to find what they're looking for.
The Librarian #3
"I am not your doormat. Make your own copies."
The Librarian #4
"I am not a babysitter for teachers' planning periods."
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