Happy National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012! Since beginning my journey to becoming a world-class librarian I have found myself in situations where I have had to become a librarian apologist of sorts; defending my profession against those that would say that librarians are becoming outdated. Therefore, in my crusade to defend the profession I have compiled a list of why and what makes a librarian special above Google and other such information sources.
1. Google can’t understand your pain.
2. There is a lot of information out there and librarians carry a large portion of it in our brains.
3. Wikipedia can be wrong even when it is right.
4. We get “it”
5. Computers don’t smile unless programmed to do so.
6. We either know where to find the answer or know who does.
7. We do a heck of a lot more than check out books. We answer questions; serve as a sounding board for ideas; we develop programming; think of ways to make the information seeking process easier, etc…
8. We are curious; you might find that librarians are the only people who will be more excited about your research than you are.
9. We are persistent. We won’t stop searching until we find an answer and even then we will keep searching until we find a better one.
10. We really believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question; only some questions that could be asked better. 🙂
This list only begins to tap into what makes librarians special. What do you think makes librarians special?