I’m a Librarian. Not Anything Else.

Batgirl Was a LibrarianBack in February, I made a post entitled I’m a Librarian. Not An Office Max. However, since then it has come to my attention there are many other things that I am not trying to be in addition to an office supply store.

I am not trying to be an oracle, a guidance counselor, a political advisor, a member of the Best Buy Geek Squad, a database consultant, an Apple employee, a nun, a printer repairman, an e-book reader specialist, a website consultant, the Yellow Pages, the complaints department for Amazon, or an anger management therapy group leader.

I’m trying to be a literary superhero, a book detective, a reader’s advisory wizard, a book geek, a title memorizer, a reasonably intelligent computer user who can troubleshoot basic problems, a fact finder, a creator of outstanding programs, a maker of fantastic displays, an advocate for teens and young people, and an information-gathering mountie.

I want to do my job and I want to be great at it. I want to make the best collections of materials ever and I want to see them go out. I want to make sure people/patrons get what they need and I want to surprise them by finding them other awesome things to read, watch, or listen to. I want them to leave happy and I want them to come back over and over again.

Because it isn’t that I don’t to help. It’s that I do want to help, but I cannot help with things that are not in any way related to the tools I have on hand or what I was actually taught to do. So I get discouraged like most people do when they want to do the job they love and constantly find themselves being percieved as the Keeper of the Stapler instead.

Obviously I realize the times they are a-changing, but I want to change with them as a librarian. Not as whatever other profession comes to mind.


About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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8 Responses to I’m a Librarian. Not Anything Else.

  1. Red Bear says:

    So happy you wrote commentary. You are amazing with a gift for writing and lots of insight as well as humor. Everyone who goes to a library should have to read what you wrote.
    Your loyal fan,
    Red Bear

  2. Paul D. Dail says:

    “So I get discouraged like most people do when they want to do the job they love and constantly find themselves being percieved as the Keeper of the Stapler instead.”- Awesome line. Ahh how many times have I been perceived as the Keeper of the Stapler 🙂

    As a librarian, not sure if you saw my post for today, but it seems like it’s right up your alley. “Why you should be reading Cormac McCarthy.” I also notified all my English teacher and librarian friends about last week’s post about book banning, censorship and Alan Gribben, “White Men Can’t Write… or Rewrite, rather.” I would love to hear your professional feedback on either of these posts.

    Hope your friday is treating you well.
    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    • April says:

      Staplers and paper clips. There are days when I long for even one book question, but some weeks are definitely better than others.

      I’ll have to go check out your posts. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is lovely.

  3. DL says:

    Alas, April has many talents, the best book investigator on the planet! April is my personal book finder and she is awesome at it. She brings me books each week to look at until I am inundated (I do not speed read), then when I send them back as they are overdue, she remembers the titles for later. You are amazing as a librarian. I still think someday you need to open your own bookstore that operates as a library should: be all about books! Then the M
    ices and Clue can join you at your place, a home away from home full of books! I would be there ALOT to ask bookish questions and find out the latest hot book on the shelves. Some day…it would be great!

    Hugs and LOVE, DL

  4. I’m sure you are doing sooooo much more than many others. Sounds so too. 🙂 Wonderful work, and thank you for helping!

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