The immediate picture brought to mind when the title “Librarian” is heard is the elderly woman, cat eye glasses on a chain, a bun so tight it’s about to pop right off her head and pierced pucker shushing everyone in sight.
Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme for the day and times.
The scope of a librarian’s position has changed as dramatically as the stereotype. Today, it continues to be about “the books,” on the shelves, on line, on devices and even on clouds but it’s about so much more:
Libraries continue to be archives of history in books and book research venues. It’s still a place you can go to shop rows of titles on spines, feel the weight of words on paper and turn page after page at your leisure. Even the smallest of libraries today, however, are resource opportunities for finding, downloading and receiving assistance with books traditionally published, self-published and e-published and between covers or on devices. Librarians offer a multitude of avenues to r-e-a-d.
Libraries offer not only meeting space for outside programs, but create and offer in-house programs and services to serve their community. Whether it is a program educating, encouraging or enlightening, it can be found at the library.
Along with the multimedia at libraries are computers and often charging stations, devices to sample, education and personal service. And it’s so much more than wanting to find something to read ~ its printing, copying, faxing, downloading, uploading, scanning, tutoring, researching and more.
As a librarian, it continually amazes me how often we are relied on as a dependable place and person to “just be”. The library is literally a Safe Place, offering haven for anyone in need who seeks assistance without discrimination of any kind. However, we’re the place the elderly know it’s our job to reach that top shelf for them, the lonely to have an ear for a few minutes, the troubled to receive assistance in privacy, the ones with issues to receive assistance in confidentiality, the confused to receive guidance, the parent to receive assurance, the child to receive encouragement.
MORE THAN INSIDE THE BUILDING
The span of a library reaches throughout the entire community. Outside programs are hosted and/or sponsored by the library, outreach programs deliver materials to shut-ins and more.
To be a librarian you must, before all else, be passionate about serving people. Assisting, educating and serving people is 90% of the job. Patrons of the library are listened to, cared about, set up for and cleaned up after. Patrons of the library are not discriminated against, questioned, belittled or condescended to. The patrons are what it’s all about.
Visit your local library today ~ it is after all, all about YOU!