Librarians: We’re not what you think
Rebekah Cummings, Assistant Director
September 20, 2013
What comes to mind?
Surprise #1
1. Not all librarians are women
Surprise #2
2. You need a masters degree
Surprise #3
3. Not all of us deal with books (but most
of us love them anyway)
Surprise #4
4. We’re rebels. (No, seriously)
What is a librarian?
Worst.Definition.Ever.
What is a librarian?
Someone who organizes,
describes, and makes available
large amounts of information
How to become a
librarian
• Graduate from high school
• Get a 4 year bachelors degree
• Go to an ALA-accredited graduate s...
Kinds of libraries
• Public Library
• School Library
• Academic Library
• “Special Library”
What do I do?
• Photographs
• Maps
• Artwork
• Music
• Diaries
• Journals
• Birth and
death records
The Mountain West
Digi...
Special Collection Silos
BYU University
of Utah
UNLV Utah State
University
Who uses our site?
• Other librarians
• Researchers
• Students
• Teachers
• Genealogists
• Historians
• People interested ...
Another cool thing
about MWDL
The Digital Public Library of America
will make the cultural and
scientific heritage of huma...
Can’t I just Google it?
This can’t be
automated…
This stuff…
it’s called
metadata.
And it’s
what we do.
QUESTIONS?
(You can ask how much I make. It’s public record.)
Thanks for listening!
Rebekah Cummings
Assistant Director
Mountain West Digital Library
rebekah.cummings@utah.edu
801.587....
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Junior High Career Day - Librarian

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PowerPoint for a junior high Career Day at which I presented. There are several slides dispelling stereotypes about librarians, followed by a few slides on what librarians are and where we work. Lastly, I spoke about my job as the Assistant Director of the Mountain West Digital Library and why Google is not enough (namely, because of metadata).

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  • Talk about the history of book burning. The most oppressive societies do you know what leaders often try to do? In our society, what we consider a free society we think that people should have the right to read. We strongly believe that parents have a right to say what is appropriate for their families, but not all families.
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    1. 1. Librarians: We’re not what you think Rebekah Cummings, Assistant Director September 20, 2013
    2. 2. What comes to mind?
    3. 3. Surprise #1 1. Not all librarians are women
    4. 4. Surprise #2 2. You need a masters degree
    5. 5. Surprise #3 3. Not all of us deal with books (but most of us love them anyway)
    6. 6. Surprise #4 4. We’re rebels. (No, seriously)
    7. 7. What is a librarian? Worst.Definition.Ever.
    8. 8. What is a librarian? Someone who organizes, describes, and makes available large amounts of information
    9. 9. How to become a librarian • Graduate from high school • Get a 4 year bachelors degree • Go to an ALA-accredited graduate school • Enjoy an awesome career!
    10. 10. Kinds of libraries • Public Library • School Library • Academic Library • “Special Library”
    11. 11. What do I do? • Photographs • Maps • Artwork • Music • Diaries • Journals • Birth and death records The Mountain West Digital Library
    12. 12. Special Collection Silos BYU University of Utah UNLV Utah State University
    13. 13. Who uses our site? • Other librarians • Researchers • Students • Teachers • Genealogists • Historians • People interested in their own family history
    14. 14. Another cool thing about MWDL The Digital Public Library of America will make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.
    15. 15. Can’t I just Google it?
    16. 16. This can’t be automated… This stuff… it’s called metadata. And it’s what we do.
    17. 17. QUESTIONS? (You can ask how much I make. It’s public record.)
    18. 18. Thanks for listening! Rebekah Cummings Assistant Director Mountain West Digital Library rebekah.cummings@utah.edu 801.587.8893

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