Why You Should Fall To Your Knees and Worship A Librarian

the following is from http://www.librarianavengers.org/worship.html
“Ok, sure. We’ve all got our little preconceived notions about what librarians are and what they do. Many people think of them as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about “Sssh-ing” people and stamping things. Well, think again buster.

Librarians have degrees. They go to graduate school for Information Science and become masters of data systems and human/computer interaction. Librarians can catalog anything from an onion to a dog’s ear. They could catalog you. Librarians wield unfathomable power. With a flip of the wrist they can hide your dissertation behind piles of old Field and Stream magazines. They can find data for your term paper that you never knew existed. They may even point you toward new and appropriate subject headings.

People become librarians because they know too much. Their knowledge extends beyond mere categories. They cannot be confined to disciplines. Librarians are all-knowing and all-seeing. They bring order to chaos. They bring wisdom and culture to the masses. They preserve every aspect of human knowledge. Librarians rule. And they will kick the crap out of anyone who says otherwise.”

okay, it’s me talking now
In all seriousness, for the past few days I have been reflecting on my experiences as a medical librarian and on how much i LOVE my job! I’m always told how rare that is, and I truly can’t imagine living any other way. I love providing information. I love organizing information. My job is very dynamic and I have the opportunity to get involved in so many different aspects of information provision.

I help build digital libraries so people can quickly go to resources of interest. I help train medical students on how to critically evaluate and critique the medical literature. I help write research grants and publications to share with our profession the innovative programs and projects we do in our library. We build tools that enable knowledge reuse throughout the medical center. Learning is never done and continuing education about resources is an ongoing process. Our library is an internationally known and well-respected institution for training clinical medical librarians (we have a team of librarians that round with health care teams in the medical center). I have the opportunity to audit courses in the medical center, school of public health, nursing. I participate in our library’s annual budget preparation process and present to medical center administration aspects of our services. I have great cowokers, and of course, I have a great boss!!!!!

I could go on forever, but I think you get the idea. My days are almost never dull. I am definitely not your stereotypical librarian. :) For some reason, I just felt the need to tell the world how much I love my career. Thanks for bearing with me and no – I haven’t stitched a bit in three days!

4 thoughts on “Why You Should Fall To Your Knees and Worship A Librarian

  1. That’s awesome Taneya! It is rare to love your job that much, and I will admit to being one of those clueless people who didn’t know what all was involved. Hey, my “learned something new” for today! LOL Thanks for sharing. If only we were all so fortunate.

  2. Hey Taneya. I am a Library Technician. I share your passion. I work with inner city kids and their schools. I conduct storytime, class visits and run a small branch. I LOVE my job too. Isn’t it great to see the difference you can make….even if it is a small one?

  3. Librarians are my special heros. I spend day after day in libraries doing research. I see reading rooms from the Dickensian to the ultra modern but the best part is the helpful folks who dig up the stuff I need to see. They are the keepers of our knowledge, our culture, our past. They make our future possible.

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