On Librarianship


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Presentation given for the Pacific High School Careers class on November 2, 2009.

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On Librarianship

  1. 1. Confessions of a local(ish) guybrarian Or why being a librarian is much cooler than you think Presented by: Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen Assistant Director, North Bend Public Library This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution November 2, 2009 United States license. For more information, visit http://www.creativecommons.org.
  2. 2. The stereotypical librarian Source: Archie McPhee
  3. 3. And the not-so-stereotypical Source: http://www.cinemotions.com
  4. 4. Famous librarians Melvil Dewey Source: Oregon State Library
  5. 5. Famous librarians Laura Bush
  6. 6. Famous librarians Mao Zedong Source: Richard.Fisher on Flickr
  7. 7. Famous librarians Batgirl Source: Wizard Magazine (2006)
  8. 8. A question What do you think a librarian does?
  9. 9. What lots of people think “It must be nice to be able to read all day. ”
  10. 10. It’s all about the books Image source: "Pile of Books in the Prague Library," callumscott2 on Flickr
  11. 11. And books are pretty darn cool Image source: “bookshelf," chotda on Flickr
  12. 12. But it’s not just about books Image sources: "All of my DVDs," nickstone333 on Flickr " A few CDs," Spushnik on Flickr
  13. 13. In fact, it’s not just about checking stuff out. Children’s storytimes Checking stuff out and programming Making library items findable Selecting and managing library materials Lectures and public programming Teaching classes Answering questions Helping people with (Unclogging toilets) computers and technology
  14. 14. Why I love being a librarian (cleverly disguised as a rundown of what I did last week)
  15. 15. Why I love being a librarian FREE! (1) People like libraries.
  16. 16. Why I love being a librarian (2) We help people. Image source: epSos.de on Flickr
  17. 17. Why I love being a librarian (3) No two days are the same. Image source (drunk guys): stev.ie on Flickr
  18. 18. Why I love being a librarian (4) We’re continually learning.
  19. 19. Why I love being a librarian (5) Seeing the latest technology. Image source: http://www.sonystyle.com
  20. 20. Why I love being a librarian (6) Going out into the community.
  21. 21. Why I love being a librarian (7) Thinking of new ways to reach people.
  22. 22. Other misconceptions “ You mean you need a degree to do that? ”
  23. 23. My path to librarianship
  24. 24. A myriad of acronyms Master of Library Science Master of Information and Library Science Master of Library and Information Science Master of Science in Information + Master of Public Policy
  25. 25. Jack of more than one trade?
  26. 26. What to do with a library degree
  27. 27. A question What do you think you can do with a library degree?
  28. 28. “ That town has a library? ”
  29. 29. A starting point Source: http://www.currycountylibraries.org
  30. 30. Libraries in all shapes & sizes Ann Arbor District Library (Public Library) University of Michigan Libraries (Academic Library) Pacific High School Library Oregon State Library (School Library) (Special Library) Image sources: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor District Library, Tedder on Wikipedia, Oregon State Library
  31. 31. It’s not just at libraries
  32. 32. You’re a master of something that everyone needs Master of Science in Information
  33. 33. You’re a master of something that everyone needs Information
  34. 34. Questions?
  35. 35. Thank you. Check us out on the Web: http://info.cclsd.org./non Follow us on Twitter: @nblib Download this presentation on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/nbpl/on-librarianship