L is for… Librarian!
Librarians are the people who are in charge of the library, and they are awesome. They check your books in and out (unless you have a fancy self-serve system, like many libraries nowadays do), order new books and other materials for their patrons to check out (including CDs and DVDs, and sometimes even laptops, e-readers and power tools, too!), help folks find material in the library and use library equipment like computers and printers (even 3D printers!), schedule events, and otherwise keep the library humming along.
Some people wonder whether librarians and libraries are still relevant in a world where everyone can look up information, instantly, on their cell phones. But the answer is: OF COURSE! You see, librarians are not just people who fetch books, they’re also individual sources of information. Librarians are trained in Library Science, which means they are well-versed in a surprising number of skills involved in searching and sorting data – which becomes ever more important as much of our data goes digital. They’re also tech savvy, which means they can help you with many common computer questions (although they may still have to point you in the direction of some paid experts if your problem is a broken hard drive or cell phone).
Librarians help patrons find the materials they’re looking for, whether it’s in their own library or not. They can teach you the value of Inter-Library Loans (ILL), as well as how to reserve material on your own.
Librarians are also the people that help organize lots of useful, educational and interesting community events. Some of these events may include musical performances, readings, presentations, and workshops. These events are usually free or very low-cost, which means that people of all income levels are welcome to attend. That’s another important part of the job: Libraries Are For Everyone.
Are librarians still relevant? Absolutely! Without librarians and libraries I don’t know where I would be today. After all, libraries are a sanctuary for the nerdy and bookish. Where else do you think we all hang out?
- How Public Libraries Help Build Healthy Communities (Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017)
- Libraries Are For Everyone (Hafuboti, 2 February 2017)
- The Library’s Role in a “Post-Truth,” “Fake News” Era (ProQuest, 5 January 2017)
- Watch them all at MovieLibrarians.com!
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