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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Librarians (and their Jobs) Are HOT!

"I love you madly, madly, Madam Librarian...Marian
It's a long lost cause I can never win
For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin
Any talking out loud with any librarian
Such as Marian.....Madam Librarian."

OK, so those lyrics are from a song from the musical, "The Music Man" written about 190 years years ago, but seriously, the Librarian was played by Shirley know, the mom on the Partridge Family...HOT!!!! (I know, the male lead was gay, but even, he was hot for the Librarian!)

So let's ask ourselves, WHY  are Librarians always cast as the smart hotties? Could it be that only they know the secrets of the Dewey Decimal System?  Sure. We’ve all got our preconceived notions about who Librarians are and what they do.  Many people think of Librarians as boring worker bees, shelving and “Shhh-ing” people. But hold the phone! Librarians have degrees.  They go to graduate school for Library and Information Science and become masters of data systems and Human-Computer Interaction.  Librarians can catalog anything--  They could catalog you.  Librarians wield universal powers. People become Librarians because they're too smart to go into politics.  Librarians are all-knowing and all-seeing.  They bring order to chaos.  They bring wisdom and culture to the masses and they protect the First Amendment like it was their baby.  Librarians rule. And no matter what their age-!

Sorry, I got  little carried away there, but so should you. Here's the deal; if you're smarter than say, EVERYONE, you too should be a librarian. Or maybe you already have that library degree and your budget was cut and your city was stupid enough to put you on the "Hold" shelf. So, because you taught us all how to read, we have some awesome jobs for you dear Librarian. And don't worry, you can never be replaced by a computer because you are...the original search engine.

Executive Director Bookmark and Share
Brooklyn Public Library,
Brooklyn, New York

Digital Initiatives/Metadata Librarian Bookmark and Share
Portland State University,
Portland, Oregon

Library Specialist Bookmark and Share
Contra Costa County Library,
Pleasant Hill, California