Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Librarian: Love for Books and Love for People



Introduction.  These racks and shelves contain a lot of books, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, perhaps.

How do you feel about them?  Do they mean something to you?  Are they your friends?  

Have you a real love of books and learning?

You do?  That's good.  

Now...do you like people?  And do people like you?  

Do you like all kinds of people?   The young as well as the old.  People in all stations of life.  

You do?  That's wonderful.

Because when you have these two important qualifications, love for books and love for people, you may well consider the vocation of a librarian.

Skipping to 2:50.  The largest number of librarians are found in five general classifications:
  • Catalogers
  • Reference librarians (3:50)
  • Circulation librarian (4:25)
  • Librarians who serve the young people (4:41)
  • School librarians (4:55)

6:22.  In library work, there exists a number of positions that require special competence and preparation.  Take, for example, the administrator of a large library, often a highly-paid executive.  

[At this point, the film shows a middle-aged man sitting at a large desk in a well-appointed office with, I assume, 6 subordinates -- 5 women and 1 man.  It's the first time a male figure has been identified as someone who works in a library.  He is never referred to as a librarian, however.]

You'll understand that this person needs a great capacity for leadership. a high degree of vision and imagination, and a thorough understanding of all phases of procedures in his organization.   

1 comment:

Gerard Saylor said...

a high degree of vision and imagination, and a thorough understanding of all phases of procedures in his organization.

Nuts, no wonder I feel behind.