Librarians Are a Special Breed
December 20, 2010
I was thumbing through a May, 2010 copy of the American Libraries magazine before throwing it out, and I ran across a column in the back titled "Will's World". The author, Will Manley, worked as both a librarian and a city administrator before retiring, and now keeps his own blog, “Will Unwound". His column for that month was titled "Quirkiness "R" Us".
The author had high praise for librarians as he looked back on his experiences with all sorts of governmental employees. He acknowledges the librarian stereotype of a hard-working but bookish, slightly ill-tempered, reserved person. But then, he reports how the stereotype is only that, and his experiences revealed a very different temperament in real-life librarians.
He actually found them “bright, inquisitive, knowledgeable about many different subjects, brimming with enthusiasm, and unexpectedly excited about technologies that others think could render this profession obsolete." In balance, he also noted he had observed "a very weird and shockingly offbeat sense of humor." He mentioned that many librarians enjoyed the "Far Side" approach to humor.
I think I like the direction Will Manley writes and will have to watch for future articles. Those of us working at the Dearborn Branch have a wide variety of interests and experiences. We handle requests for information, from car repair to developing life-long readers. We like getting to know our customers and hearing what is going on in their lives. Our job is to help people use the resources here, and we hope that they enrich your lives and bring information, enjoyment and recreation.
Drop by the library today and say hello. We are looking forward to seeing you and "embracing eccentricity" as author Will Manley describes.