Thursday, February 18, 2010

12 Reasons Why Librarians Rule the World


A colleague sent this today, and I thought it was eloquent and insightful while still containing some of that 'Yeah, I'm a librarian. I rock. Ha!' quality. Take, for instance, this excerpt:

"...Librarians often contrive for themselves this Luddite image. But they are in truth the most progressive and visionary figures in the whole university: like bloodhounds, always hot on the trail of the future. Their demure appearance is a cunning disguise which allows them to perpetrate their radicalism all the more effectively. It is a camouflage net thrown over an armoured vehicle...

...At the same time, there is nobody more conservative than a librarian. Their enthusiasm for constant change and reinvention springs from an even deeper commitment to what has been received from the hand of the past. The library is an angel whose wings are spread out in fierce and loving protection of the past, while its face stares deep into the eerie light of the future."

Um, see why I have the coolest job in the world?

Image of Denison Library at Scripps College - my alma mater and first library job...

2 comments:

alg said...

Libraries are churches for the mind. alg

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Such fantastic quotes - there are few places I love more than libraries.