16/12/2013 § 6 Comments
For the past few months, in addition to being a full time student, I’ve also been working as a librarian at an elementary school. The other day, I was talking to a friend about my job, and she excitedly asked me, “Do you read stories to the children?! I used to LOVE when librarians would read me stories!”
This tiny comment made me irrationally angry, and in my head, I started ranting: librarianship is about SO MUCH MORE than books and storytime. Librarians do so many different things, from archives to digitization to information literacy-why don’t people realize this?!
But then I stopped to think for a moment, and I wondered WHY, exactly, I was getting so angry. Yes, I wish more people understood the variety of different roles librarians can play, and didn’t picture librarians as people who sat behind a desk reading all day. And yes, there are a variety of amazing nontraditional roles out their for librarians to pursue. But at the end of the day, I’m glad I spend my days helping students get excited about reading. I’m happy to be a “traditional” librarian. « Read the rest of this entry »