Luckily for me, no one reads this blog. AND! Since no one does, *looks around coyly* I suppose I can truly act a fool online. First off! I have a new goal, I’m to be a librarian. Why you may ask? Because I firmly believe in two things:
1. In personal freedoms: It really bothers me that everyone wants to talk about their personal freedoms, but no one wants to actually USE them (or in many cases allow others to enjoy theirs). When we find ways to better ourselves and fix our stupid social ills, a lot gets done (more on this at another time). I believe that you cannot, I repeat, CANNOT have personal freedoms if you have no personal responsibility to those around you. I feel that you cannot enjoy them, take them for granted, and that’s no good. If everyone isn’t paying, then it isn’t fair. Under this heading, I also don’t believe that personal freedoms for free people (and by that I mean those who don’t commit crimes) are ever “bargaining chips”. Ever. If you feel you have to take away someone’s right to do something, for the sake of X, your an idiot, a fascist, a politician or your just planning things wrong. All of which are awful.
2. In the power of words. I think the written word is the most important thing to happen to mankind. Without it, we would have no instructions, plans, calendars, buildings, math, anything! I can hardley illustrate how big words are to the world. These words (in any language) come together to express ideas, hopes, dreams, intentions, opinions, and most importantly information. A single word can convey whole notions and ideas in itself. Having such a power is immensely important. I believe that everyone in the world has a right to clean food, clean water, basic medical care, and information in abundance (all with those personal freedoms talked about). I think the internet is a right as much as a book is. And that’s where being a librarian comes into play. With soo much information in the world, such vast amounts of it not only being created everyday, but the ways its received and given to people, we need someone who cares that people are getting it. We need people who care that people are able to use it properly, we need people whose sole duty is to find better ways to get more information to more people in better ways. That’s where librarians come in.
I think being a librarian will be seen as uncool or unnecessary for a very long time. I think both are false. I didn’t have a bad experience at a library until I was 22, when I moved into my current place and went to the library down the street from me. The library itself is very nice, it’s a small building, easily passed if your not looking for it, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the police building it sits next to. The collections are good, not great, but good. They have a strong Children’s section, a lot of variety (which should always be important in any kids library), their biggest issue was in fact the people working there (along with the stupid library system of southflorida). They were rude to just about every patron that dealt with them, they treated people like a nuisance, not as a patron. That bothered me. InCentral Floridathe librarians and library workers are incredbily warm and helpful, talkative and delightful. If I had to guess, I’d say that I’ve set foot in close to fifteen public libraries in different locations (in twenty four years? I’d say that’s a pretty good number), and it wasn’t until southfloridathat I came across people who honestly seemed like they were just working there, instead of enjoying being there. This saddened me, and infuriated me immensely, having spent so much time in libraries (both personal and public) it didn’t really hit home that there are people out there that might honestly just get tired of working around books.
I think it takes more then just a love for books to work in a library. It takes a special sort of relationship with people first off. I know that seems to make little sense, but hear me out (Insert noises of crickets from my non-existent audience). I really do like people. I like to hear how they had this one great year followed by a really rough one, I like to hear the questions they have and figure out ways to answer them. And so I’ve now dedicated myself to a life of selfish indulgent never ending knowledge. There’s gonna be so much of the stuff I’m gonna be sick of it, but it’ll be okay, because I’m sure I’ll need it all one day. I’m going to have to learn a little bit about everything, or a lot about a few things, though I prefer the first one. Librarians are incredibly useful like that. You’re all going to wish you had one when the zombie apocalypse starts… =)