I love my job because of it's versatility. Coming into work and each day bringing forth new possibilities is pretty awesome. In general, I do not think people know that in the field of library science---the job definition that you see popping up on my applications: "other duties as assigned" MEANS ANYTHING. I've seen librarians painting on twitter, attending protests---doing anything their community needs them to do. A few years ago, I had a high school intern send me a thank you letter expressing how much she enjoyed working at a library.
Last week, my bestie (and co-worker) was sick. I filled in for her with a bunch of interviews promoting a huge library event in our community. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. The first interview was rough----it was taped to live and there was moment I forgot what I was saying. They had to re-do it and I was completely mortified. The last interview, Fox17---I felt I got it.
Changing the perception of how the community (and people in general) view libraries and librarians is really important to me. I remember being a career day speaker and none of the kids wanting to sign up for my class because they figure librarian = boring. I made sure my presentation was going to be THAT much more exciting because I knew---I can't compete with an FBI agent or Motorola engineer. Afterwards, a teacher and other students came up to me saying that they heard my presentation was SO MUCH FUN and they had no idea librarians did such cool things.
Librarians get to do cool things! We do not sit around and read all day. I repeat, we do not read all day. We love reading. We are passionate about literacy. Yet we embody and use skills far beyond that of picking up a book. We are strategists. Educators. Event planners. Grant writers. Innovators. Tech experts. I could go on and on. We are the Jacks and Jills of All Trades and are Masters at a lot! Do not let that saying fool you. We are job chameleons.
I have come a long way since my first year librarian public speaking announcements. Anytime I want a good laugh at myself I just watch this video.
I was on the news before, but ever so often they wipe clear out the video/Internet links and I lost the footage. Fortunately, I realized pictures last longer....here are my pictures of my brief library fifteen minutes of fame. I've also included below footage from videos for however long they last.
This interview was so much fun to do! I had the pleasure of meeting Ahna and Katherine who work for Eerdman's Publishing Company. For more video footage please visit Coffee Break Confidential.
This is my attempt to spread awareness that libraries are not dying and that librarians can embody a lot of different COOL aspects of job fields, which makes us unique and so very needed.