Using Your Librarian Powers for Good
Tips for Aspiring Librarian
Quick, name a famous librarian....
It's sort of like playing "Who is Jewish?" or "Who is gay?"
What happens when you play this game with someone who is not
a librarian ....?
Do you ever find yourself saying "No, really, it's not like that..." ?
Some that I thought of
- Melvil Dewey [crazy]
- S.R. Ranganathan [who?]
- Nancy Pearl [coming soon]
- Laura Bush [ahem]
- that guy from LoC with the porn collection [who?]
|Others that I can think of particular to my world are Sandy Berman, Walt Crawford, Karen Schneider, Mitch Freedman and James Billington, maybe. A few more with online presences are listed here. Most of column 2 is populated with people who do interesting things despite being a librarian...|
So, if I want to "make something of myself" and still be a librarian?
- do I join ALA/SLA/ASIS?
- do I write a book?
- do I make friends [aka network]?
- do I start a blog?
- do I go on the lecture circuit?
Should I just put up a page about my bellydancing exploits
and be done with it?
Can I do any of this and still hold down a full-time job?
My awareness of things librarian - the swift ascension
- my hometown library
- my first intellectual freedom class
- my first WLA/ALA conference [side note: ALA has no meta-narrative]
- school ambition
My awareness of things librarian - the downward spiral
- SRRT [yes, on both lists]
- my college advisor
- my school job[s]
- my publishing contract
- John Ashcroft & hate mail
- the weird librarian at a Vermont University to remain nameless
What's an ambitious gal [or guy] to do?
- I promise not to go on about "marketing" [but check this out]
- but what is your big plan?
- is there a job in your future? In this field? Are you sure?
10 Years of ALA Placement Center Stats
What worked for me
- Have an entire other life that is not your job
- Have en entire other set of librarian friends who are not your co-workers
- Have friends who are not librarians
- Wave your freak flag [such as it is, whatever it is] fast and furiously
- Smile and say please and thank you
Don't dwell on it
- The "image" thing
- Your lousy pay
- Google, because I know something about Google...
The real not-so-secret Google vs the Librarians issue
- Google is everywhere
- You -- most of you -- are in your libraries [Columbia]
- Google is a server farm
- You are people
- You are a network of information professionals even if you don't exploit that network
- Google is a bunch of programmers and ad salesmen in a few major cities who know how to work it
- Some must stay while others must roam - find your niche. The profession needs people to stay in the buildings and people to move between the buildings.
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