Many people will also ask you why you need a degree to be a librarian.
Their questions and assumptions may surprise you.
How hard isit to do an I only read on my Kindle, I don’t use librariesinternet Do they teach you how to shush people?search? How hard can Libraries are dying. Is there a class in how to make a shelving be? perfect bun? You need a degreeDigital book to manage the Anyone cancollections count and use decline of libraries?don’t need a the Deweylibrarian. Decimal I can Google it. System. If you don’t need a master’s to publish books, why do you need one to store/sort/care for them? Is it really that hard to alphabetize books? Books are all digital now.
Librarians do so much more thanthose things. And we are breaking the stereotype every day.
Librarians are constantly evolvingin order to help their communities. For instance, many now use Twitter to help connect them to their patrons.
Far from becoming obsolete,librarians are capable of adapting easily. A portion of this comesfrom the new librarianship that is taught in graduate school.
Librarians are taught that their mission is to “improve societythrough knowledge creation in their communities.”
This does not mean that we, aslibrarians, will stay behind a deskand simply answer the questions about the location of the bathroom.
We will go out into the community and ask how we can help.
This might be by answering aquestion on how to find a book or other resources, or it could be byhelping a member find the tools to start their own business.
Much of a librarian’s work can also be behind the scenes and they might never shelve a book.
A book needs to be catalogedbefore it reaches the shelves, and the world of MARC records andmetadata can be confusing for theaverage community member (or the first year graduate student).
Plus, who said that a librarian has to be confined to the walls of a library?
Virtual reference practically allows you to keep a librarian in your pocket. Or your laptop.
But this reference librarian can now wander the aisles of thegrocery store while answering your questions or while watching their favorite TV show.
As long as there is access toinformation, librarians will be there to help you find it.
Regardless of the status of ebooks in the library.
In the words of Cat Stevens,librarians are people who are “on the road to find out”
CreditsWritten and Produced by Sarah Helson as aportion of IST 511 at Syracuse UniversitySong: “On the Road to Find Out” by Cat StevensQuote from The Atlas of New Librarianship by R.David Lankes, page 14.