If you were to see me on the street or in the grocery store, it is possible you would not automatically think “ah yes she’s a librarian.” The reason for this is because while I do wear glasses, I typically have my contacts in for the simple reason they are easier on me when I work on the computer as I do typically all day long and if I’m not at work its a good bet I am wearing jeans. Another reason why you may not think I am your stereotypical librarian is because I have tattoos and a number of piercings in my ears and one in my nose. If you were to stop and ask me about any of my tattoos or piercings, I could tell you who I was with and how old I was when I got all of them. They are physical reminders of very dear memories.
The wonderful thing today about librarians is we come in all shapes, sizes, races, and backgrounds. We don’t all wear glasses or have our hair pulled back in a bun (yes I have been known to pull off that look) and we’re not all older women. Libraries are wonderful and dynamic places and the people who work in them are an extremely unique group of people. I don’t believe as people often ask me that libraries are becoming extinct for the simple reason we are more than just books. We have the unique ability to be a community center, a place of learning, we provide services like computers and internet for everyone, magazines, DVD’s as movie rental stores become few and far between, and a source of free programing for everyone from 0 to 99+. Librarians today are the keepers of physical book knowledge and have access to knowledge on the internet with the ability to decipher what are creditable sources.
So while I may still look young and not the stereotypical librarian, please excuse the pun, don’t judge a book by its cover. I may just surprise you with my knowledge of children’s literature, British comedies, or technological knowledge.
The picture above was taken a few years ago by my Marms. Its a picture of my Bri (grandmother) and I, just to show what I look like.