The age of information that is what this century has been termed. Ironically the people who deal most with information the librarians are facing a high rate of unemployment. Everywhere librarians go the centres are fully staffed with unqualified people who feel too threatened by today’s librarians to give them a chance.
The requirements to become a librarian are now out of this world “5 years experience, must be from an ALA accredited university” when you meet all these requirements the people in charge feel threatened and make sure that you are never given a chance. So in the end people in charge a re not qualified and are too afraid of changes to modern ways. This is why librarianship as a profession ends up being a laughing stock leading to people mocking this noble profession.
It seems librarians have the crab mentality that as soon as they see other fellow librarians succeeding the y rush to pull each other down. Other professions have become popular among the society not because they do great thing but because they hire the best and can adjust to change. This way new ideas which are suited to the society are produced and realised bringing glory to the profession.
However due to the crab mentality which is common among librarians of our age our profession we shall never get the respect we deserve. As librarians l want us to ask ourselves this question when will l stop defending my profession to the rest of the world? Am l willing to do my best to make this profession recognised?
Three people walk into a club a librarian a pastor and a drunk……… that’s how there always start these jokes.
I don,t know about libraries all over the world but l think librarianship is the new place where laggards and haters of technology hang around. Libraries don’t want to embrace the pride found in other professions. We do not want to upgrade our areas and profession we are content being the subjects of sick perverted jokes and as threats to kids that if you fail you are might end up stuck as a librarian.
We need to glam up our profession and make it cool and hip. We should be the go to guys for everything cool and hip in technology. We the librarians should be the ones spotted with newest and flashiest gadgets have the answers about blogging and communication instead of being associated with only books and out of date clothes.
Whenever l see new gadgets being produced l always try to think of the ways that they can be used in the library instead of relying on the same old machine which were used by our ancestors.
However l do not encourage libraries to go to the extreme and change themselves to a gaming centre just so that they can be seen as hip. We do not need to open vending machine and buy the latest games to be seen as cool we just need to adapt the technology which is available to make our work easier.
Wow my first day at work was so not what l expected. You hear stories of people who get so overworked they simple fall into bed and we all think that is the norm. In reality the first day at work is like the first day at school looking around with wide eyes as you try to find and asses your position within the hierarchy. Will you be the popular one the name your boss will remember at the end of the day or are you the mousey one who everyone constantly asks the name because it is too complicated to remember and no one really seems to care.
So my first day at work was the worst. I am not a people pleaser by nature l am the type that sits by the corner and makes sarcastic remarks about everyone. So for once l had to bite my tongue smile and laugh all day long so exhausting. But working in a library is a very exciting adventure for me you never know who you will meet and what that will say so it brings a different kind of excitement in my life. My first day in the library opened my eyes to another world l never knew existed and cannot wait to explore.