The Diverse Knowledge of Librarians

20/07/2012 § 18 Comments

In This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, Marilyn Johnson says that she first became interested in writing about librarians while researching a book about obituaries. She noticed that librarians always had the most interesting obituaries she read, ranging from a librarian who sailed the coast of Maine to a librarian who automated the Library of Congress’s map catalog.

This is one of my favorite descriptions of librarians; they know a little bit about everything. Ask a librarian how to fix a leaky faucet and she might be able to tell you what kind of wrench to use. Ask a librarian how to help care for a sick relative and he might share a story about how he had to do the same thing. Librarians are surrounded by books, on every kind of topic from obscure to everyday. (Take a look at @HCcataloging) And they love to read and find out more. So chances are, while librarians are pretty knowledgeable about their own chosen specialties, they are also educated about topics outside (sometimes very far outside) these areas too. « Read the rest of this entry »

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