Well hey, guys! I hope your hump day is going super fantabulous so far! I thought I would take a moment to talk shop with y’all. As many of you know, when I’m not out fighting crime and eating my weight in ice cream, I spend my every days as a librarian.
A very cool and kickass librarian.
I absolutely love my job, and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Well, maybe forever good hair days and season tickets to the Milwaukee Brewers for life. But since those things probbbbbably aren’t happening anytime soon, I think I’ll stick with this gig I’ve got going on. I mean, a booknerd getting to work with books all day long, inspiring other people to become booknerds, in a building FULL OF BOOKS?! Kind of, most definitely dream job territory.
My first foray into the library world was working as a Children’s Librarian intern at the Milwaukee Public Library (which was awesome sauce) followed by my current position as the head librarian at Westwood College. And soon, I hope to get my booty back into the public library sector (and by soon, I mean within two weeks because homegirl is going to be out of a job). While the two areas–public libraries and academic–are vastly different, they both feed my love of working with people, encouraging them to become forever learners, doers, thinkers and readers.
Both jobs also involve so much more than just ‘Shshhhhing’ patrons, checking out books and rocking a mean cardigan sweater. I could go on and on about what me and my fellow kickass librarians do every day, the cataloguing processes, the weeding of collections, the programming and budgets and reading advisories, but I don’t want to spring too much excitement all at once. It’s best given in small doses, much like seeing your Aunt Carol, or kale.
What I want to talk to you today about is what goes on behind the scenes, things that may go against all Librarian Code (which if found out, will cause me to lose all street cred which is why this goes in the vault!)
Secrets from the stacks.
Here are my librarian confessions:
- I dogear my pages, even though I tell my students/patrons to use bookmarks.
- I borrowed and lost my public library’s copy of A Wrinkle in Time when I was 5. I’m likely still banned from borrowing. #oops
- I sat in the inside bookdrop one time…and couldn’t get out. That was the epitome of a good time.
- I eat at my desk, sometimes while handling and cataloguing new books for the collection. Because hangry is a very real thing, y’all.
- “50 Shades…”why read it when you can live it amiright?! Kidding. Totally kidding on that one.
- I’m completely okay with you violating copyright laws by ripping our DVDs and CDs (and might even show you how).
- I dropped a cupcake on a book…in the staff lounge.
- If there’s a new book I want to read, I hoard it in my desk drawer so that no one can check it out before I get to it. I know. I KNOW!
- I deface library books by circling errors that weren’t caught by the proofreaders before the book went to print. In pencil! (But still…)
- An employer recently asked me in an interview: ‘What have you read and enjoyed recently?’ I listed some best sellers and local fiction instead of saying that I’m currently reading Harry Potter for the tenth time.
- It hurts me, like in my soul, how willing my library is to throw away old books. Donate them to a good, loving reader’s home or school. Someone, somewhere, will read them. I promise!
- You will get briefer reference desk service if I can smell your breath from across my desk. Sorry not sorry.
- I encourage people to be loud. Not too loud, but I hate stuffy libraries. I want patrons/students to feel comfortable coming in, hanging out, and dare I say it…having fun.
- I Google.
Like I said, this is in the vault.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some books to hoard.
QOTD: What are some of your profession confessions?