Friday, June 13, 2008

So you want to be a librarian, eh?

Quiet PleaseDo you daydream about being a librarian? Apparently you haven't seen the 2006 British Psychological Society study which concluded, "Working in a library is the most stressful job of all."

If you think the study above might only apply to the UK where hooliganism runs rampant, check out Scott Douglas' new book Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian. This "unexpectedly raucous and illuminating memoir" will help any undaunted, aspiring librarian with the following conundrums:
  • Why so few librarians are serious reader
  • Why you will need a master’s degree to operate the library’s popcorn machine
  • How librarians rank within the hierarchy of city employees, in terms of prestige and pay
  • How to respond when a patron asks for the Oxford English Dictionary on audiotape
  • How to extricate problem patrons from library restrooms
  • Proper etiquette for interacting with patrons outside of the library, for example at funerals or bowling alleys
  • Which tattoos librarians should avoid getting, for example "Dukakis for President" on your forehead, or a book which opens and closes as you flex your biceps
  • How to shoot down corny library pick-up lines
  • Why most librarians will not get the opportunity to shoot down corny pick-up lines
For more vocational guidance on librarianship, please watch this YouTube video: Your Life Work: The Librarian. Arthur P. Twogood, Iowa State College, 1946

~ Mike, Adult Services


  1. Aw man, no more lame pick-up lines? Dude, I'm *so* droppin' out!

    Love the film, btw. But where's Crow and Tom Servo?

  2. Beavis and Butt-head would be funnier! BTW, I totally missed the other recent librarian memoir. Luckily, Carnegie-Stout has a copy!

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